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Graduate Students

Ashlyn Lee

Living: Dallas, TX. Making: Mixed media sculptures. Reading: The Lawn: A History of an American Obsession by Virginia Scott Jenkins and One Place After Another by Miwon Kwon. Watching: 30 Rock (for the eighth time consecutively) and the new Eva Hesse documentary. Learning: How to TIG weld. Looking forward to: The New York Colloquium trip in January and attending the fabulous openings Dallas has to offer.

Jer’Lisa Devezin

New Orleans native, born in 1989. Jer’Lisa Devezin received her B.A. from Dillard University in 2011. Artist in Residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, LA. 2013-2014. Working in mixed media, her work explores the black female body through the lens of sexual objectification. While at SMU, I look forward to making a new body of work and enjoying the SMU/Texas experience.

Jessie Plotts

Narrative, figure, and the controversy inherent to drawn and painted interaction currently form the basis of my practice. Using experimental literary vignettes paired with paintings and drawings quickly and emotionally rendered, I aim to illuminate the weird and ridiculous annals of the contemporary id—the parts of ourselves we want (and often need) to hide. At SMU, I plan to take advantage of the many opportunities for travel, such as the New York Symposium, and Taos retreat. Also, I can’t wait to mine SMU’s libraries for books, articles, images and magazines particular to my ever-expanding pop-culture fascination.

Nida Bangash

Born in 1984, Mashhad, Iran
I am a Visual Artist, born in Iran and brought up in Pakistan. I am trained in the traditions of Persian and South Asian miniatures and experienced in employing these techniques in contemporary art. The complexity and diversity of my identity shapes my art practice and understanding of the world. My practice is based on the language of patterns as means of weaving together the complexities of my cross-cultural experiences. I am looking forward to having an immersive experience of sourcing, making and sharing my practice here at SMU.

Steven Hector Gonzalez

I am a Dallas, Texas based multidisciplinary artist whose work primarily consists of video, printed matter, and performance addressing the exploration of memory, intimacy, and the performative body in digital landscapes. I received my BFA in Video & Sound Art from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon and I'm currently pursuing my MFA at Southern Methodist University where I hope to broaden the scope of my artistic practice and research. My work has been exhibited nationally as well as internationally in group exhibitions such as April Meetings, Belgrade; Video! Video! Zine, Chicago; Pure Surface, Portland; and CARNALIMX COLLECTIVE, San Antonio.

XXavier Carter

Artist, Anarchist, Militant. Born 1986, in Dallas, Texas. Co Vice President of Goldfish Dreams. Poet, Novelist, Philosopher. Public Relations Chair Meadows Graduate Student Council. Food Enthusiast.

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