BRIC's residency is an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to take up residence in BRIC House and use its resources to develop their craft further. This spring BRIC is proud to introduce our artists currently in residence; below are short bios of these artist and their work.
Sara Jimenez is a Filipina-Canadian interdisciplinary artist who currently resides in Brooklyn. Her work explores the material embodiment of deep transcultural memories. Throughout her projects, she uses drawing, sculpture, installation, and performance to materialize existing global narratives around concepts of origins and home, loss and absence. Jimenez received her BA from the University of Toronto and her MFA from Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY. She has had solo exhibitions at FiveMyles Gallery and Wayfarers Gallery; both in Brooklyn as well as The Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo City, Philippines. Her work has also been featured in group exhibitions at Rush Arts, Philadelphia, PA;, BronxArtSpace, Bronx; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; and Chashama Gallery, Brooklyn; among others. She has been awarded residencies at Brooklyn Art Space, Brooklyn; Wave Hill's Winter Workspace, Riverdale, NY; The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont; The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY; and the Bronx Museum's Artist in the Marketplace program, Bronx.
Aruni Dharmakirthi is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist and educator who was born in Sri Lanka. Their work explores ideas of memory, place, and identity, centering around the effects of colonization on immigrants who choose to leave their native country. Dharmakirthi uses the mediums of digital animation and fibers, manipulating family photographs, sourced imagery, and fabric, to make digital and handmade collages. Dharmakirthi received a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL and an MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR. Their work has been featured in exhibitions at Art In Odd Places, Orlando, FL; Chinatown Soup, NY; Killjoy Collective, Portland, OR; Sonam Studios, Mumbai, India; and others. Dharmakirthi is the co-founder and curator of Soft Space, a video + new media project space that creates a platform for emerging artists. They have completed the Centrum Emerging Artist Residency, Port Townsend, WA, and the Caldera MFA Artist Residency, Sisters, OR.
Keisha Scarville is a photo and mixed media artist from Brooklyn who examines the materiality of absence and the subjectivity of the body within particular voids, focusing on the transformative process that informs how we reconfigure our existence and ourselves when we no longer have access to perceived anchor points. Scarville earned her Certificate in Creative Arts Therapy at Parsons School of Design at The New School, NY and her BS at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. She has upcoming solo exhibitions at Lesley Heller Workspace, and Baxter Street CCNY Gallery, both in NY. She has been included in group exhibitions at the Studio Museum of Harlem, NY; Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ; and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, both in Brooklyn. Scarville has participated in artist residencies at Light Work, Syracuse, NY;Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME; and The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. She was awarded a grant through the Brooklyn Arts Council's Community Arts Program in 2008.
Macon Reed is an artist working in sculpture, installation, video, radio documentary, painting, pedagogical and participatory projects. Her work seeks to expand the agency of our collective imagination in response to the growing apathy and isolation inspired by late capitalism. She understands her work as an act of creative resistance. Reed completed her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago 2013, Chicago IL and received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007, Richmond VA. Most recently, her practice has evolved towards creating immersive sculptural environments that serve as public sites for dynamic inter-community conversation and transformative ritual. Her work has shown at venues including PULSE NYC Special Projects, NY; BRIC Media Arts, Brooklyn; ABC No Rio, NY; The Kitchen, NY; Art F City FAGallery, Brooklyn; Spring Break, NY; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ; Roots & Culture, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL; ICA Baltimore, Baltimore, MD; Athens Museum of Queer Arts in Greece, and Transmediale Art Festival in Germany. Recently Reed was an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, NY; Abrons Art Center, NY and a Research Fellow at Eyebeam Center for Art+Technology, Brooklyn. She currently teaches at Brown University and will be an A.I.R. Gallery Fellow in 2018-2019.