Vanessa Holyoak is an LA-based artist and writer working across installation, photography, performance, and language. She holds a dual MFA in Photography & Media and Writing from the California Institute of the Arts and a BA from Barnard College. Her art writing has recently appeared in art-agenda, BOMB Magazine, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, Journal.fyi, and Hyperallergic. Recent exhibitions include Casa Lü in Mexico City and Harkawik and Eastside International in Los Angeles.
Artists at Work: Shirley Tse by Vanessa Holyoak
Hong Kong-born, California-based artist Shirley Tse has developed a multivalent installation practice exploring sculptural processes as “models of multi-dimensional thinking and negotiation.” Her current work is informed by her recent move to the Central Coast town of Lompoc, in rural Santa Barbara County, and converges natural and human-made materials to reveal the unsustainable, anthropogenic footprints left on ecosystems we imagine as pristine. This conversation evolved into a discussion of environmental and economic sustainability, transformation and plasticity, and human and non-human cohabitation in an era marked by ecological and social crises.
Artists at Work: Alison Saar by Vanessa Holyoak
Raised by a family of artists, Alison Saar has been crafting unique sculptures, installations, prints, and assemblages since her early years in the Los Angeles area, studying at Scripps College (BA 1978) and Otis College of Art and Design (MFA 1981). In 1983, she moved to New York City as an Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem before returning to Los Angeles and her native Laurel Canyon. Her ethereal body of work often incorporates found objects, weaving together historically rich narratives and symbolism from African diasporic traditions and diverse mythologies ranging from Yoruba to Greek. In 2021, she curated her first group exhibition, "SeenUNSeen," at L.A. Louver, and was the subject of a two-venue solo exhibition, "Of Aether and Earthe," on view at the Armory Center for the Arts and Pomona College’s Benton Museum.