Virtual Artist Talk
Join us online for FCCNY's first Virtual Artist Talk on February 26th at 7 PM EST.
We are excited to be featuring five Asian American artists, Sage Craig, Carolyn Spillane, Claudia von Nostitz, Mia Casesa, and Maeve Leslie, to present their art that explores their intersectional identities, with a Q&A at the end. This event is intended to be a safe space to uplift Asian American voices through art in hopes for communities to gather, connect, and celebrate who we are. All are welcome to attend (Ages 14+). Please register for the event to receive an email with the zoom link. We hope to see you there!
~ About the Artists ~
Claudia von Nostitz (she/her) was born in Tongling, Anhui Province, and grew up in New York City. She is a preschool teacher and pursuing a Masters in Childhood Education and Special Education at Hunter College. She began taking drawing classes two years ago and primarily works in pencil. Her interest in portraiture is rooted in exploring the connections we have with others across time and space.
Carolyn Spillane (she/her) is a New York-based artist with a BS in Visual Arts and a minor in Art History fromSUNY Purchase. Using painting and drawing as her medium, her work represents her experience as an Asian American adoptee as she navigates through her 20s.
Sage Craig (They/Them) is a Chinese genderfluid artist living on unceded Algonquin and Anishinaabe territory. They have been practicing their craft for more than 10 years and earned their Certificate in Fine Arts: Visual Arts in 2016. Sage’s media of choice includes watercolour, pen and ink and pencil crayon. Their distinctive style blends elements of magic realism with soft pastel hues to create an ethereal and dream-like world. Specializing in portrait and figure painting, Sage captures the beauty of under-represented and marginalized bodies, and their pieces often centre fat, queer and trans people of colour. They use their passion for social justice and their own experience as a trans person of colour to create works that shed light on important subjects such as intersectional feminism, LGBTQ+ rights and trauma and mental health recovery. Sage currently studies Neuroscience at Carleton University and hopes to become a research scientist specializing in transgender healthcare.
Mia Casesa (she/her) graduated with a BFA at the University of New Mexico. She is a graphic designer, illustrator, and comic artist. Mia loves story-telling, world-building, and being able to express her experience as an Asian American adoptee through her work. She explores themes of heritage, identity, and self-expression, with her primary format being digital painting, but takes inspiration from a wide variety of creative mediums.
Maeve Leslie (she/her) is a printmaking-based artist that expresses her upbringing as the child of an immigrant learning to navigate through America. Maeve’s work depicts the concepts of erasure, belonging, and diaspora of her identity through printmaking and hand papermaking. Maeve is from Denver, Colorado where she received her Bachelors in Fine Art from the University of Denver in 2015. While there, she primarily studied sculpture and photography before finishing with a focus in printmaking. Most recently, Maeve completed a research trip to the Philippines to study the qualities and process of pineapple (piña) fiber from plant to woven textile or paper. Last summer, Maeve received a Teaching Assistant Scholarship to assist Krista Franklin with her papermaking workshop titled: “Pulp Fictions: Developing Narratives Through Papermaking” at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft. Maeve currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin where she is a Master of Fine Arts Printmaking candidate at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Art.
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