What role does vulnerability play in creative and artistic practice? How can we embrace, and be empowered by, the anxieties we face as creative beings? What tools can we utilize to move through imposter syndrome? In response to themes in MCASB's current exhibition featuring artist Shana Moulton and the recently released short film, I Have Anxiety, by artist Katharina Stenbeck, this conversation with three multi-media artists aims to examine these questions while addressing the anxiety that accompanies the vulnerability of creativity.
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About the Speakers
Lucy was born and raised in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. As the Curator and Co-Founder of Ladies First LA, a multi-media art show created to highlight femmes in all art forms, Lucy aims to highlight people of color, and especially women of color, in the art world. Currently the Regional Manager of Montana Colors Flagship Stores, her passion for graffiti has led to exciting opportunities for herself and the community she represents.
Katharina Stenbeck is a Swedish artist and electronic musician who splits her time between Los Angeles and Stockholm. Her work spans painting, stop motion animation, short film, and audiovisual live performance. Her latest short film, I Have Anxiety, is an intimate portrait of the many faces of anxiety, in which she uses humor and vulnerability to express her own personal experiences. The film is currently playing at Liljevalchs Vårsalong in Stockholm, Sweden.
Mahsa Zargaran is an audiovisual artist who is currently creating a life-size sculpture series and electronic music as part of an installation on Modern Female Mythology. In this series, Zargaran draws on the connection between women and the natural world, and aims to re-imagine the role of women in myth. The characters in her audiovisual landscapes rely on their innermost feminine attributes to navigate their world, they are not copies of male myth heroes, dressed in female suits. This is perhaps a parallel portrait to Mahsa’s own life as her work spans multiple male-dominated industries. Mahsa Zargaran releases and performs her works under the pseudonym Omniflux.