About the Artists
Nobutaka Aozaki is a New York-based artist born in Kagoshima, Japan. He completed his MFA at Hunter College in 2012. Aozaki has been awarded the Artist Files Grant from A Blade of Grass Foundation, the C-12 Emerging Artist Award from Hunter College, and the Artists’ Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has been shown in Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Sculpture Center, Temple Contemporary, Varmlands Museum in Sweden, SPIKE in Berlin, and Statements in Tokyo. He has participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Queens Museum Studio Program, and AIM program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. He is currently in the LMCC’s Workspace Residency program. Recent publications include Spike Art Quarterly, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, ArtAsiaPacific, and Cabinet magazine.
Christine Ferrera is a Baltimore-based performance artist and comedian. She began her artistic career as a visual artist. However, after completing several series of paintings and artist books, she discovered a narrative thread running through her work and made the leap to time-based media. Inspired by the multi-media performance of Laurie Anderson and the experimental humor of Andy Kaufman, her current practice lives at the dangerous intersection of art and comedy. Ultimately, she strives to make work that blurs the line between the two, if such a line exists. In performance, Ferrera shares the surprising and vulnerable aspects of herself in order to connect with audiences through storytelling.
Tracie Marie Jiggetts, born and raised in Baltimore, is a captivating dancer, actor, choreographer and director who believes in the power of individualism and creativity. Jiggetts began her training at the Baltimore School for the Arts and continued at Catonsville Community College, Studio 801, Morton Street Dance Studio, and Towson State. She holds a BA in Urban Arts from Coppin State University. Jiggetts has performed at numerous venues, including The Lyric, Arena Players, Center Stage, and The National Black Theatre Festival. She is the founder of The ART of TRUTH and director for the Maryland Summer Center Arts program. Most recently, Jiggetts directed Skittles and Sweet Tea and Once on This Island for Connexions and The Wiz for Spotlighters Theatre.
Rosemary Liss is a painter and textile artist who entered into the comestible realm through fermentation. In 2015, she interned at the Nordic Food Lab in Copenhagen where she continued to explore all things microbial and the relationship between disgust and deliciousness. Since this formative experience she has done site-specific projects, pop-ups, and residencies in Vermont, Pennsylvania, Copenhagen, Berlin, and Dublin that focus on the edge effect, liminal states, and the mind/body/gut connection. She is currently based in Baltimore where she leads Clavel’s Bar Lab and continues her fermentation research.
Christine Stiver’s interdisciplinary work has its beginnings in 2012 when she joined the Baltimore-based dance company Effervescent Collective. She is a founding member of Triptych: Movement Image Sound, which produces interdisciplinary, site-specific, and collaborative performance in the area. In the spring of 2015 she choreographed and produced her first full-length work, Dank, presented at the Ynot Lot in Baltimore. Her video, sculpture, and performance work have been exhibited in New York, Washington DC, and Baltimore at venues such as Baltimore Clayworks, Terrault Contemporary, St. Charles Projects, and Present Company. Stiver is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts MFA program in Art Practice, class of 2017.
Tattfoo Tan’s practice focuses on issues relating to ecology, sustainability, and healthy living. His work is project-based, ephemeral, and educational in nature. Tan has exhibited at venues including the Queens Museum of Art, Parsons the New School for Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Creative Time, and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. Tan has been widely recognized for his artistic contributions and service to the community and is the proud recipient of a proclamation from The City of New York. He is the recipient of grants from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Art Matters, Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and Staten Island Arts.