It might be safe to say that Mother Nature sent us all to our rooms for a time out.
Volume II: May 2020 asks the graduate students of the Pafa Seminar, Artist as Curator to respond to the myriad of feelings, images, and memories the experience of being grounded brings to light. When our younger selves experienced groundedness, we were forced to face what we had done to end up grounded in the first place, allowing us to enter a space of reflection and growth. How did we free ourselves? How can boundaries be transcended or embraced under a Stay At Home order?
As the home becomes a stage, every action is a performance – buttering toast, a dramatic act of ritual – the gravity and poignancy of every moment we have and share becomes important, empathetic, and artful. How can we use this time to nurture ourselves, our familial relationships, even our community, from a place of rest?
(EM)BODY is a zine organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ MFA Artist as Curator class led by instructor Alexis Granwell. This zine came to fruition as the product of restructuring the course’s syllabus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. (EM)BODY offers a new format for the graduate students to curate, exhibit, and connect while in-person exhibitions are impossible due to quarantine.
Hi there! My name is Ashley Garner (Also known on social media as TheColorG). I'm currently a second year MFA student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. I am a visual artist working in soft-sculpture, installation, and painting.