Artist in Residence: Jodie Cavalier

19 - 28 February 2020

Ahead of the opening of Loud + Clear at ONCA on February 28th, Jodie Cavalier is our artist-in-residence on the ONCA Barge.

About the Residency

Curiosity drives Jodie Cavalier’s practice, often experienced through making a connection with a place, objects, and individuals. Jodie is interested in the power of rituals; learned and practiced growing up Mexican-American in the Mojave Desert in California. Jodie’s cultural identity and the desert landscape inform the work Jodie makes, although they surface slowly and subtly. Similar to a tumbleweed in the desert, the ideas grow like the shrub, dry out, before being uprooted and moving through the land, accumulating the things she finds in her path. Jodie spends much of her time in the studio collecting, gathering, tinkering, reading and writing before a project comes into fruition. 

Recently, Jodie has been developing strategies for collaborative storytelling in the studio by experimenting with audio recording, printing, and objects working together to further her ideas around oral and practice based traditions within a contemporary art context. Whilst onboard the ONCA Barge, Jodie will be experimenting with amplifying and distorting text pieces by reading and manipulating the sound live. The texts will be included in a poetry chapbook later this year through the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, Oregon. A live reading will be presented during the opening of Loud + Clear at ONCA on February 28th.

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About the Artist

Jodie Cavalier is a project based artist working with research, residuals of daily life, objects, and language. She received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley and MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Cavalier was a participant of the New York Arts Practicum in 2013 and a resident at the Center for Land Use Interpretation Residency Program in Wendover, Utah in 2014. She participated in Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Symposium: Bodies, Identities & Alternative Economies by facilitating a conversation about Queer as Artistic and Political Practice. Her work has been exhibited at the deYoung Museum (San Francisco), Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), CoCA (Seattle), EXO Project Space (Chicago), Städelschule (Frankfurt), among others.