Alumni Artists-In-Residence

Bennie Flores Ansell

CRAFT + PHOTOGRAPHY

Born in Manila, Philippines, Bennie Flores Ansell is a Houston-based visual artist. Working in themes that address migration patterns, light, shadow and murmuration forms, her work deconstructs and re-contextualizes photographic materials. She creates objects, installations, colorful light projections and photographs by manipulating and re-contextualizing 35 mm art history slides, mirrors, and other artifacts born from the medium of photography. She says that by breaking down the fundamentals of photography into light drawings, her projections distill meaning into a more transparent form. “The objects and installations carry weight, occupy space, and deconstruct image materials to reconstruct the presence of a missing image.”

Flores Ansell is a professor in the Art Department at the Houston Community College and previously taught at the High School of Performing and Visual Arts. She holds an MFA in photography from the University of Houston and a BA in photography from the University of South Florida. She was awarded an American Photography Institute Fellowship at New York University and was an artist-in-residence at the Asia Society Museum in Houston. Her works are in many private collections and have been exhibited nationally and internationally at the International Center for Photography, Festival De La Luz in Argentina; the Daegu Photography Biennale in South Korea; Uno Art Space, Stuttgart, Germany; and Patricia Conde Galeria in Mexico City.

To learn more about Bennie Flores Ansell’s work, visit: https://www.benniefloresansell.com/.

Photograph by Madison Marshall.

Kelly Dzioba

FIBER

Kelly Dzioba

Kelly Dzioba is a Connecticut-based artist who explores textiles as a form of process art. In her current body of work, she weaves party beads to create recursive objects informed by the visual languages of textile tradition, geometric abstraction, minimalism, and kitsch handicraft. By bringing camp and visual decadence to formalism, her work explores themes of taste, consumption, and the hierarchy of value in art and craft. As a resident artist at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, she aims to expand the scale of her work and incorporate new ways of embracing sustainability in her practice.

Dzioba received her BFA in craft and material studies from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the recipient of the Peters Valley School of Craft Artist Fellowship, the Lenore Tawney Scholarship, and the William F. Daley Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad at The Textile Center in Minneapolis, MN; The Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY; High Tide Project Space in Philadelphia, PA; and the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum in Seoul, South Korea.

To learn more about Kelly Dzioba’s work, visit: http://kellydzioba.com/

 

Photo by Kelly Dzioba.

Jihye Han

Clay

Jihye Han uses ceramic and mixed media to construct sculptural and installation-based pieces that speak about the role of boundaries and how they affect social interaction, with a particular sensitivity to the influence of her Korean heritage and international upbringing. Her surface decoration and forms touch on questions about how individuals are connected or disconnected through space, time, and material. She is highly motivated to be a part of HCCC to encourage people to embrace cultural diversity, and she plans to incorporate different methods and processes, including ceramic and mixed-media works that draw from Korean culture and her childhood memories.

Jihye Han earned a BFA in sculpture and ceramics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MFA in ceramics from the University of North Texas. In 2021, she received the Emerging Award as part of ClayHouston’s Award for Texas BIPOC Ceramic Artists. Recently, she was selected as a recipient of a 2022 Emerging Artist Award for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

To learn more about Jihye Han’s work, visit

https://www.jihyehanart.com/

Chenlu Hou

Clay

Originally from Shandong, China, ceramic artist Chenlu Hou uses storytelling to combine concurrent, overlapping systems and create a kaleidoscope of all things cultural, taboo, territorial and unforeseeable. Hou endeavors to capture a sense of darkness in her work by reframing, distorting, and highlighting the messiness of this combination. Incorporating a variety of media and forms—such as ceramic sculpture, drawing, industrial materials, video, and alienated figures—she employs the visual culture of folktales as a core vocabulary, which produces a very personal artistic context for her work. She enjoys setting up unconventional and absurd relationships between craft objects and moving images to suggest new and different possibilities.

Hou is currently living in Providence, RI.  She received her BA, concentrating in design, from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, in 2012, and her MFA, concentrating in ceramics, from Rhode Island School of Design, in 2019. Her work has been shown in the United States, Mexico, China, Korea, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. She had a solo show in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2021.

Learn more about Hou’s work at chenluhou.cargo.site.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Shradha Kochhar

Fiber

Born in Delhi, India, Shradha Kochhar is a textile artist and knitwear designer based in Brooklyn, New York. Best known for her home-spun and hand-knitted cotton sculptures, her work combines themes of material memory, sustainability, and intergenerational healing. Focusing on generating a physical archive of personal and collective South Asian narratives linked to women’s work, invisible labor, and grief, her work is large scale and sculptural.

Kochhar incorporates resources lost and born from colonization in India into her work, including khadi, a self-reliant and equitable practice of textile making, and kala, a miracle cotton crop that sustains completely on seasonal rainfall. She sees both of these as a part of the solution to climate change, water shortage, soil degradation, and social inequity.

Kochhar received her MFA in textiles from Parsons School of Design, New York. She is a Dorothy Waxman Textile Excellence Prize Finalist and was awarded the John L. Tishman Environment and Design Award for Excellence in 2021. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Vogue, Crafts, Harper’s Bazaar and other publications.

To learn more about Shradha Kochhar’s work, visit www.instagram.com/shradhakochhar/.

Photograph by Cheryl Mukherji.

Stephanie J. Woods

CRAFT + PHOTOGRAPHY

Stephanie J WoodsStephanie J. Woods is a multimedia artist from Charlotte, NC, currently based in Albuquerque, NM, where she is an assistant professor of interdisciplinary art at the University of New Mexico. Her work fuses a relationship between photography and fiber. Her passion for interdisciplinary practices and material language is evident through her collaborations and implementation of symbolic materials that examine performative behavior, domestic spaces, and alternative realities that reference Black American culture and her experiences growing up in the American South.

Woods earned an MFA in new media sculpture and is the recipient of several residencies and fellowships, including Black Rock Senegal, the Fine Arts Work Center fellowship, ACRE Residency, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists Residency, and Penland School of Craft. Her work is featured in the permanent collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, in Richmond, VA. She has also exhibited her work at Smack Mellon and Tiger Strikes Asteroid, both located in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been featured in BOMB Magazine, Art Papers, Burnaway, and the Boston Art Review.

To learn more about Stephanie J. Woods, visit:

https://www.stephaniejwoods.com/

Photo by Johannes Barfield.