ACES // Artists of Color Expo & Symposium 2021
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ACES is a BIPOC-centered and led art conference. Our vision is to establish a space for artists of color to celebrate and center ourselves. We are coming together with intentionality to value our work and see one another as resources, while focusing on the challenges and solutions we face as artists of color in the Pacific Northwest.
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Sunday, May 16 • 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Artist Talk with mg dufresne

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An opportunity to learn about artist mg dufresne's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

A majority of my life is spent as a poet, teacher, publisher, and diversity inclusion activist. Long hours are spent thinking through writing and rewriting. This process much like my work with clay sustains ideas of compaction, attachment, and weathering away.

Living in the Pacific Northwest with its abundance of water, elemental green and blue hues, pocked volcanic fields, thinning glacial crevasses are referenced in my vessels. I’m interested in the ways clay, elemental materials, and atmosphere speaks to history, relics of violence, and longing intrinsic to existing in/through durational violence—the marks between marks.

Because I am an immigrant, a person of color, and a woman, my work often avoids linear narratives and their retellings; hence, I cannot separate myself from my context—its landscape. Each vessel through its making and materials begs the question: how can one survive and exist within a hostile environment and come out intact?

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mg dufresne

Born in Subic Bay, Philippines, Mg Dufresne makes sculptural vessels and functional ware inspired by the landscape of the Pacific Northwest. She is a Kelsey Street press member, Kundiman fellow, and author of the poetry collections Anemal Uter Meck (Black Radish Books, 2017) and not... Read More →

Sunday May 16, 2021 1:00pm - 1:20pm PDT
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