riel Sturchio

Lecturer

Studio Art: Photography & Media

Sturchio is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice often utilizes photography and its extensions. Sturchio uses their experiences as a queer, non-binary, chronically ill artist to provoke, and criticize socially idealized normative fantasies of beauty, ability, and gender identity. They pair their academic background in critical queer phenomenology, bodily disorientation, and affect to explore the sculptural tactility of sound, the mediation of distance through varieties of touch, and the value of bodily awareness. They are interested in how the body is forced into disorientation through disease and use this perspective as a foundation for evoking affect through their work.

Sturchio is a grantee for the Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography (2020), for their collaborative project Chasing Light, a Magenta Foundation Flash Forward awardee (2019), and an Alexia Award Recipient (2017). Sturchio is supported by The Maine Arts Commission (2012), the John Anson Kittredge Fund (2016), the Andy Warhol Foundation regranting program through SPACE Gallery (2018), and The Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund (2019).

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