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ARTIST PROFILE

Mitch E. Vicieux (they/them) is a queer cartoonist from Southern Maryland (United States, 1994). Exploring comic arts, moving image, and plush sculpture, their practice investigates the construction of gender & body through visual mass media.

 

They earned an MFA in Art & Technology at The Ohio State University and a BA in Digital Media from St. Mary's College of Maryland, and have studied animation in Florence, Italy and popular culture theory in Tokyo, Japan.

 

Currently, Mitch is working as a community-oriented educator at Columbus College of Art & Design while continuing their studio practice at the 700 Bryden creative community.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I was scrubbed and sanitized, prepared and drawn on, sliced and sutured. It’s a lifelong journey to sculpt yourself, through cuts and cardio and recombination. Through this pursuit, I wonder - who is allowed to transform? Why is my metamorphosis taboo when the results are so precious?  These musings are ignited by the surgical presence of my transition, and boundaries faced along the way. Bringing form to transitional possibilities, my practice stitches comic arts and plush sculpture together, bearing a brood of limitless bodies.

Working to subvert misgivings around body modification, the plush monsters are ALIVE! I draw comics that become fabric patterns, sew monsters that flatten into inked characters; they live as a perpetual re-conglomerate. In the stitching of seams and injection of stuffing, these characters celebrate body modification as a political, visibly queer endeavour.

 Recombinant sensibilities define my practice; ceaseless acts of mixing disparate worlds.  Amalgamations are forced into our reality, crawling into space where bodies exist.  I pluck materials and concepts from different categories, removing their original context to seam them together. This tactile practice requires cartoon whimsy alongside surgical precision, transitioning creatures through phases of sculptural and animated existence – feeling the cut and pulling the stitch.

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Education

The Ohio State University, MFA, Art & Technology 2021

Recipient of Graduate Teaching Fellowship

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, BA, Studio Art - Digital Media, Film & Media Studies Minor 2017

Magna Cum Laude, Dean’s List

College of Southern Maryland, Studio Management Certificate 2017

Dean’s List

 

Education Abroad

University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan. Pop Culture Field Study 2019

Accademia Italiana, Florence, Italy. Animation & Design Study 2016

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Select Exhibitions

SOLO

WITH YOU/THEY LIVE!, Hopkins Hall Gallery. Columbus, OH (June 2021)

r e s i s t w a v e: The Aesthetic of Breaking Barriers, Montgomery Hall. St.Mary’s City, MD 2017

Leaving Normal  Symposium Viewing, Cole Cinema. St. Mary’s City, MD 2017

Working Observational, Candy Cummings Gallery. Lexington Park, MD 2016

GROUP

Franklinton Pride Film Festival, ROY G BIV Gallery. Columbus, OH

Proximity, Urban Art Space. Columbus, OH 2021
Fergus Scholarship Exhibition, Urban Art Space. Columbus, OH 2021

Louisiana LGBT+ Film Festival, LGBT Center of New Orleans. New Orleans, LA 2020

Giving OUT, Campus Pride. Charlotte, NC 2020

Cloud Crusher, Hopkins Hall Gallery. Columbus, OH 2020

Mad Royal Film Festival, Wexner Center for the Arts Film & Video Theatre. Columbus, OH 2020

East-Central ACDA Conference Screening, Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo, MI 2020

Golden Hour, The Fort. Columbus, OH 2019

Chromatic: LGBTQ+ Experience in Columbus, Wild Goose Creative. Columbus, OH 2019

No Evil Eye: Radical Microcinema, Wexner Center for the Arts. Columbus, OH 2020

COMPAS Art & Technology Showcase, STEAM Factory. Columbus, OH 2019

Ohio Shorts, Wexner Center for the Arts. Columbus, OH 2019

Threads., Hopkins Hall Gallery. Columbus, OH 2019

Your Arts Mag: Pride Exhibition, 934 Gallery. Columbus, OH 2018

Columbus Moving Image Art Review, Hagerty Cinema. Columbus, OH 2018

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Awards

John Fergus Family Scholarship, Fergus Foundation 2021
Nominee for the Graduate Associate Teaching Award, The Drake Institute 2021

Society of Fellows Graduate Research Grant, Global Arts + Humanities 2020

Tech Hub Student Projects Grant, Tech Hub  2020

Art & Technology Award, COMPAS Art Educators 2019

LGBTQ Advocacy Award, Academic Services at St. Mary’s College of Maryland 2018

Rhoda-Stark Memorial Award for Queer Activism, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland 2018

Joanne Klein Memorial Award for Activist Filmmaking, Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland 2018

St. Mary’s Professional Development Fellowship, Department of Computer Science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland 2017

St. Mary’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland 2017

Education Merit Grant, St. Mary’s College of Maryland 2015
Academic Grant for Continuing Education Scholars, St. Mary’s College of Maryland 2015