Crit Group Crew: Meredith & Rita

Mentor: Meredith Starr

Location: New York, USA – ET


IG: @meredithstarr

Mentorship Style: I help artists determine what their needs are and set goals to meet them. When critiquing, I take on the lens of a broader audience, and notice what are the strengths of the work to continue to explore. I listen with care and recognize each artist as an individual to best support them with specific feedback and resources for their creative pursuits.

Bio: Meredith Starr is a multi-disciplinary artist living in NY.  Her work has recently been published in Art Seen: Curator’s Salon, and will be featured in CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women in the spring of 2022. She has shown internationally notably in Tokyo, and Seoul, and nationally in Virginia, and New York.  She has completed two Artist Residencies in Motherhood, including one during lockdown. She recently exhibited Plastic Swim at ATHICA (Athens Institute of Contemporary Art)  in Georgia, Every Second Feels Like Theft as part of the NYC Poetry Festival on Governor’s Island in New York City and select works from Are You There at Target Gallery in Alexandria, VA. Starr is also a full time professor of visual arts at SUNY Suffolk County Community College and the is the VP of Membership for the FATE (Foundations in Art Theory and Education) Organization. She collaborates with poet Sarah Kain Gutowski, former college roommate and photographer Dayna Leavitt, and her family. When she’s not in the studio you can find her on a run, pausing to photograph a sculptural arrangement of trash at the curb.

Plastic Swim, XR Experience, 7 min. (available in VR for the HTC Vive, and AR for iOS devices)

Meredith Starr’s projects are attempts to reflect our own humanity back at us. She transforms the mundane ephemera she’s noticed–shapes of shadows that flicker on the bedroom wall in the morning, houseplants she nurtured or accidentally killed, plastic she and her family accumulated in a year, records of how she spent her time. The medium of her projects serves the subject-matter. She works in analog processes like cyanotype printing and contemporary technology like virtual and augmented reality, sometimes in conversation with each other. Her artworks are often metaphorical or invented landscapes with narratives that reveal relationships the body has to objects, others and earth. They are tactile, immersive and often interactive. Starr uses play and humor throughout her work to make subtle commentary about the state of our ecology, domesticity and gender politics.

Visiting Artist: Rita Leduc

Website & IG: @ritaleduc & @groundworkretreat

Bio: Rita Leduc is an interdisciplinary artist whose work chronicles an intimate transition from place-based experience to abiding relationship. Currently an artist-in-residence at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, her work has most recently been shown at Mount Saint Mary College (NY), Mohonk Arts (NY), Terrain Biennial (NY), Tilly Foster Farm (NY), Bethany Arts Community (NY), and on the cover of Signal House Edition. Leduc received her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently teaches at William Paterson University, Ramapo College, and Rutgers Arts Online. Additionally, she is Creator and Director of GROUNDWORK, an interdisciplinary research initiative.

Tofte Wall Drawing, graphite powder on wall, 168″x132″, 2021