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Posted on 25 Aug 2014 in

- Student Spotlight: Kristina Fiedrich


Earlier this month, SFU Vancouver sat down with MA Comparative Media Arts’ student Kristina Fiedrich. Fiedrich, whose drawing-centered work has been exhibited everywhere from Kamloops to San Francisco. She shares with us what drew her to the SFU MFA program, her passion for collaboration, and useful advice for those considering a career in the fine arts.

On the program:

The MA in Comparative Media Arts at Simon Fraser University provides an opportunity to further investigate my studio-based practice together with a theoretical approach to art history and studies of media-based arts. Within the growing inter-media arts genre I am interested in developing new perspectives and methods of making as a departure from my current ‘analog’ approach. Inter-media art resonates as a frontier of cultural production that has the potential to expand my understanding of visual and cultural theory, curatorial trends and critical writing-based practices.

On returning to school:

Having completed a Master’s degree in Visual Arts in 2012, my decision to return to school is one based in part on the inspiration and dialogues fostered by higher education, and also the prospect of growing my art community network to work alongside and be mentored by internationally renowned artists and cultural producers.

On collaboration:

It is also my hope to generate collaborations and opportunities with other artists in the MFA and MA programs. My more recent experience working with media-based organizations New Forms Media Society, Hybridity Media Society and ISEA2015 Media Society has revealed the potential for developing an expanded/inclusive practice, one which encourages an inter-media approach to making. 

On future MFA students:

The best advice I can provide to potential MFA and MA applicants would be adaptability. The more open-minded you can be, the more you will get out of the program, the faculty, your cohort and the creative community. Resistance to change will only limit the potential avenues you never even thought to explore.

Fiedrich is a sessional faculty member at Emily Carr’s Visual Art and Material Practices department. In 2011, she was the recipient of a Canadian Institute of Health Research grant, which helped to fund her thesis The Fashionable Prosthetic: investigating the visibility and new fashion of prosthetic research. Fiedrich has exhibitions and curatorial projects slated for 2015 in collaboration with Vancouver-based Lucida Lab.

To learn more about Fiedrich and to see more of her work, visit THIS PAGE.        

Article courtesy of Kamilah Charters-Gabanek, SFU Vancouver