Crit Group Crew: Sarah & Tracy

Mentor: Sarah Irvin

Location: Richmond, VA, USA – ET

Mother to one child

IG: @sarahirvinart


Mentorship Style: This group will focus on the conceptual side of participant’s work and center discussions around how to develop research-based practices. Visiting Artist Tracy Stonestreet and I come to to the table with interest in theories of knowledge and consciousness, queer theory, psychoanalytic theory, philosophy of science, mind/body philosophy, and maternal theory. Participants will end the group with a solid bibliography to pursue after the 12-week program is over.

Bio: Sarah Irvin earned a Master of Fine of Arts in Painting from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Georgia. Irvin has been featured in more than twenty solo shows, as well as more than fifty group exhibitions, across the United States and abroad. Irvin’s work is included in the corporate collections of Capital One, Four Seasons Hotel, Federal Reserve Bank, and Royal Caribbean, as well as the private collections of Quirk Hotel, Try-Me Urban Restoration Project, and the University of Richmond. She is the founder of the Artist Parent Index, a searchable database of artists making work about their experience with reproduction and caring for their children. Irvin is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts and Massey Klein Gallery, both in New York City.

Stay at Home Order, 2020, photogram, 88 x 110 inches

“I work from my subjective experience with reproduction, bringing the durational events and material objects of child-rearing into contexts that problematize their relation to larger systems such as the economy, public health, systems of language, education, and social relations. Over the course of my career, I’ve developed a multidisciplinary, multimedia practice — including but not limited to painting, sculpture, alternative process photography, installation, and a public digital archive.”

Visiting Artist: Tracy Stonestreet

Website & IG: @tracystonestreet

Bio: Tracy Stonestreet is an artist, scholar, and educator. She is the assistant professor of contemporary art and performance for VCU Qatar. Tracy received her PhD in Media, Art, and Text from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she researched the intersections of performance, sculpture, and time. She has an MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and bachelors’ degrees in History and Art & Design from North Carolina State University. Before coming to VCU, Tracy was an assistant professor of Fine Art at Hampton University, and served as the guest editor for the International Review of African American Art. Tracy lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her wife and two children – a 7 year old and a 5 year old.