Digital Arts and New Media: MFA: Collaboration, Innovation, Social Impact

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Kathleen Deck

Student
Digital Art and New Media
first-year mfa students

Kathleen Deck has sought innovative paths and connections between creativity and sustainability to develop her arts research practice at the intersection of art and science. She is a new media artist MFA candidate at the University of California Santa Cruz, interested in themes of sustainability and climate change. Through her artistic research practice, she seeks to create work that challenges viewers to become actively engaged and educated in environmental issues with the hope that an informed public can help forge a more sustainable society.

Deck’s arts research practice is inspired by research, field study, and studio work. Her work is enhanced by developing intellectual and critical thinking skills through the research and study of the effects of anthropocentrism. She collaborates with scholars, the local community, and most critically, with nature, as important collaborter to the creation of her work. The differing points of view allow new and hidden voices to be heard and join together in producing one passionate force. The use of studio time then becomes an opportunity to meditate on the concepts and the creativity, simultaneously integrating the research and field study elements into one piece.

Deck’s goal as an artist is to create positive conversations between nature and culture. By removing boundaries between diverse subjects and spaces, she attempts to illuminate climate change and environmental issues caused by humans so that they can be understood on a personal level. New perspectives on these subjects can protect those who might not have a voice in policy.

 

Research Interests: 

Skills and Research Interests:

  • 2D Based Arts Practice and Knowledge (Painting and Drawing)
  • Project Management (Seeking Symbiosis, Santa Cruz Wastewater Walk 2018)
  • Interdisciplinary Research (OpenLab Research Group UCSC, the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology DepartmentUCSC)
  • Teaching Experience (3+ years in K-12 all subjects, and Teaching Assistant (UCSC Art Department)

 

Education and Training: 
Bachelor of Art Degree, the University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA
Selected Exhibitions: 

Exhibiting “Re-thinking Extinction” at the Life/Art/Science/Tech (L.A.S.T.) Festival Exhibition at Stanford University March 23-24th, 2018 at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory ( Menlo Park, CA)

Teaching Interests: 

Interested in teaching art subjects and practices. Proficient in 2D based practices including painting and drawing and art theory and history. Teaching experience totalling 3+ years in K-12 all subjects, and almost 1 academic year experience as a Teaching Assistant at UCSC.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • TEACHING ASSISTANT: UC SANTA CRUZ (2017-Present)
    • Fall 2017: Art 80H History of Digital Games (Art & Design: Games and Playable Media Department)
    • Winter 2018: Art 10D 2D Foundations (Art Department)
  • TEACHER: NORDHEMSSKOLAN GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN (2017)
    • Instructing and assisting K-12 students with mental and physical handicaps at school
  • TEACHER: GOTHENBURG CITY SUBSTITUTE TEACHING POOL, SWEDEN (2017)
    • Employed as a substitute teacher in the city of Gothenburg, teaching grades K-12 all subjects                   
  • ART INSTRUCTOR: GRUMACHER CERTIFIED AT MICHAELS ART STORES, CA (2015)
  • TUTOR: LIGHT SHINING ACADEMY, IRVINE, CA (2015)
  • ART INSTRUCTOR: CREATIVE CONNECTIONS AT UCI VOLUNTEER (2014-2015)
    • The program that matches art students with local underprivileged public schools, K-12, which enables the schools to present an art curriculum created and taught by undergraduate students