Vivian Mak + Andrew Ryan + Marisa Williamson
Our creation is centered around the idea of packing and unpacking memories and objects; an exploration of artifacts as holding identity and reality through time. Our artifact being a backpack, "in its simplest frameless form, a cloth sack carried on one's back to which is an external frame and internal frame." A container that holds a specific combination of items that reveal parts of our identity. Our relationships with these objects supersede any of the connections we may have with what we choose to leave at home, in a sense that we cannot leave the house without these objects.
Vivian Mak is an Asian American artist interested in cultural issues, embodied experience, and perceptions of self. Art, for her, is a crucial means for how it can be used in society to evoke important questions and on the other hand, an answer to existing questions. As a capitalist society we are on a continuum of production and consumption that has developed and expanded through globalization. With technological advancements our rhythm of time and pace within our social life has accelerated how our understanding of space has transformed. Experimenting with sculptural art for the first time this past summer abroad with CHID: Art and Innovation, has inspired her to look deeper into how technology has shifted our concepts of time and space and how this can be visually represented.
I am a sophomore at the University of Washington studying Ethnomusicology. I’m originally from Tucson, Arizona. My current personal goal is to reconcile the perceived futility and inherent meaninglessness of art with its real meaning and its undoubted necessity of its influence.
Marisa Williamson is a project-based artist who works in video, image-making, installation and performance around themes of history, race, feminism, and technology. She has produced site-specific works at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (2013), and by commission from Storm King Art Center (2016), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2016), Monument Lab Philadelphia (2017), the University of Virginia (2018), SPACES Cleveland (2019), the National Park Service (2019), and the University of Washington (2020). Her work has been featured in exhibitions at SOHO20 and BRIC in Brooklyn, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NYC), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Mana Contemporary Chicago, Human Resources (LA), Centro Pecci in Prato and Stefania Miscetti gallery in Rome, Italy. Williamson has been awarded grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. She has been a resident artist at Triangle Arts Association, the Shandaken Project, and ACRE. She was a 2012 participant in the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in 2014-2015. Williamson holds a BA from Harvard and an MFA from CalArts. She is based in South Orange, New Jersey and serves as an assistant professor of media arts at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.