CONTEXT

ARCHETYPOGRAPHIA is a portmanteau of archive, archetype, photography and
the suffix -ia
1. occurring in place names: Albania, Columbia
2. occurring in names of diseases and pathological disorders: pneumonia, aphasia
3. occurring in words denoting condition or quality: utopia

BIO/STATEMENT

lydia see is a multidisciplinary practitioner, educator, and curator of art + archives who is passionate about the uses of art for social justice + civic engagement. 

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I am interested in factors which mediate identity, both individual and environmental. This inquiry is rooted in history: literal and conceptual, local and global, intimate and environmental, personal and anonymous, colonized and indigenous.

Working primarily at the intersections of photography with fiber/object/craft/performance, my practice involves material and conceptual investigation through processes of collection, research, arrangement, stitching, weaving, photographing, re-photographing, and combining. I reinterpret the archive in (mostly found, discarded, or wasted) mundane domestic materials, accumulations, and outdated media to draw connections between memory, ephemerality and technology.

In my social practice I collaborate on public art projects and advise as a creative consultant and strategist with a focus on inclusive and accessible interpretive collateral and expanded engagement. I am especially interested in facilitating new pathways for participation in museums, galleries, libraries, archives, and special collections.

ABBREVIATED CV

EDUCATION:

Western Carolina University
MFA (2021)
Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
BFA (2014)

 

RESIDENCIES / AWARDS:

2019

  • First Place, Juried show: Analog | Digital, Beacon Gallery, Boston, MA

2018

  • Artist in Residence, Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC

  • Regional Artist Project Grant, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC

2017

  • Artist in Residence, the Commons, Sandy Mush, NC

2016-2017

  • Artist in the Community Resident, HUB-BUB + Spartanburg County Public Libraries, Spartanburg, SC

2016

  • Cabbage School Summit, the Commons, Sandy Mush, NC

  • Penland School of Crafts Winter Residency, Penland, NC

2015

  • Penland School of Crafts Winter Residency, Penland, NC


SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2018

  • An Apocryphal Cloud of Somewheres and Sometimes (and other works), Downtown Books and News, Asheville, NC

2017

  • Deaccessioned: the Identity of Accumulated Material, Crutchfield Gallery, Spartanburg, SC

  • Family Vacations I Have Never Taken, Weizenblatt Gallery, Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC

2016

  • Practice/Process, REVOLVE, Asheville, NC

  • Special Collections, HQ Studio, Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC

2015

  • Method of Collection, West End Bakery, West Asheville, NC

SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATIONS / PERFORMANCES:

2019

  • Etiological Relations, Art Fields, Lace City, SC (April 2019)

2018

  • An Apocryphal Cloud of Somewhere and Sometimes for MAINFRAME, the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

  • Vague/Limited, REVOLVE, Asheville, NC

  • An Apocryphal Cloud of Somewheres and Sometimes, Art Fields, Lake City, SC

  • Rituals for visual listening I. Water. II. Night., supporting Rhona Eve Clews, {Re}HAPPENING 8 at Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, NC

2017

  • Correspondences, Maker's Marks, Nichols House Museum, Boston, MA

  • Community Thread, Trade & Lore, Asheville, NC

  • Untitled (148 Main st.), Spartanburg, SC

  • Lighten Up Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC

2016-2017

  • Loom with a View, Spartanburg, SC

2015

  • Mise en Abyme, {Re}HAPPENING 5 at Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, NC

  • Black Mountain Blue Print, Lake Eden Arts Festival, Black Mountain, NC

  • Latta Park Installation 1, Charlotte, NC

2014

  • Untitled (all the tea I drank that year), Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA


GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2019

  • Gendered Fury, Gallery 130, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

  • Analog | Digital, Beacon Gallery, Boston, MA

  • Soundwave, The Bascomb, Highlands, NC

  • Spartanburg Day School, Spartanburg, SC

  • FIBER OPTIMISM, Gallery 130, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

  • (forthcoming March 2019) Street/Art, PUSH Gallery, Asheville, NC

  • (forthcoming June 2019) Peach Pie, Goodyear Arts, Charlotte, NC

2018

  • Dope, Yet Unfamiliar, Gallery 130, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

  • Alternative to What?, Sulfur Studios, Savannah, GA

  • Future Past: Experiments in Photography, Tracey Morgan Gallery, Asheville, NC

  • 10x100, RAMP Gallery, Asheville, NC

2017

  • Get Well Soon, the Southern Gallery, Charleston, SC

  • Sent from a Pure Moment! (honoring and responding to the work of Jack Pierson), Godine Gallery, Boston, MA

  • Crafted With Strangers, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, Asheville, NC

  • MOTH/MISC, the Mothlight, Asheville, NC

  • Object as Poet, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, Asheville, NC

  • Apple Pie: an American Art Show, Goodyear Arts, Charlotte, NC

2016

  • 99 Problems (but a Print Ain't One), The Southern Gallery, Charleston,, SC

2015

  • Fiber/Topographics, West End Bakery, West Asheville, NC

  • Misprints: An Exploration Into Printmaking, Craft and Design, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC


EXHIBITIONS CURATED:

2019

  • FIBER OPTIMISM, Gallery 130, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

  • (forthcoming June 2019) Peach Pie, Goodyear Arts, Charlotte, NC

2018

  • Sorcerous Selections from the Garden of Time and Dreaming, Zachary Sarvis, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • Day Aches, Brett Wyatt with Wooly Press, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • Simply Serve, Jennifer Mesk + Jonathon Flaum, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • Selected Works by Gus Grissom, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

2017

  • Creating from Kindness, Knight Gallery, Spirit Square, Charlotte, NC

  • Selected Works by Esteban Gonzalez, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • Photo:Object, PUSH Gallery, Asheville, NC

  • We Gonna Be Alright, Reba West Fraser, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • Modern Nostalgia - Michael Christopher, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

2016

  • #AVLGLITCH: an Internationally-Sourced Exploration of Glitch Photographs, REVOLVE, Asheville Darkroom + the BLOCK off Biltmore (three-venue exhibition), Asheville, NC

  • Sorry I made it Weird: Portraits of People You May Know, Andy Herod, PUSH Gallery, Asheville, NC

  • The DeHulling, Janine Rissewyck + Nicola Bajalia, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • Indian Sumer Press, Rosy Kirby, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • Sculptural Installation, Carley Brandau, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • INTERLUDE: 22 Days of Happenings at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Henco Pop-up Gallery, 5 Walnut Wine Bar, and the streets of Downtown Asheville, NC

2015

  • Fiber/Topographics, West End Bakery, West Asheville, NC

  • Misprints: An Exploration Into Printmaking, Craft and Design, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC


PERMANENT COLLECTIONS:

  • International Museum of Collage, Fort Worth, TX

  • Spartanburg County Public Libraries

  • Private Collections


TEACHING/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS/CONFERENCES:

2019

  • Teaching: “Black Mountain College Playbook” School of the Alternative, Black Mountain, NC

  • Teaching Practicum - Photography 2+3, Western Carolina University

2018

  • Community Day Cyanotype Workshop - Penland School of Craft Penland, NC

  • Teaching Artist in Residence: Visual Arts, Theater in the Open Summer Arts Workshop, Newburyport, MA

  • Teaching: Transdisciplinary Photography – the Cabbage School, Sandy Mush, NC

  • Teaching Artist in Residence: Stone Academy, Greenville, SC

2017

  • Teaching: the Living Library – the Cabbage School, Sandy Mush, NC

  • Visiting Artist, Guest Critique - Converse College Drawing 1+2, Spartanburg, SC

  • Visiting Artist, Guest Critique - Massachusetts College of Arts Fibers Department, Boston, MA

  • Deaccessioned, Artist's Talk, Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC

  • Guest Critique, Photography Concentration with Mercedes Jelinek, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

  • Waste: Discarded Materials in Creative Practice, Talk20 Lecture Series, Spartanburg, SC

  • Juror, 8th Annual Collegiate Art Exhibition, Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC

  • Juror, Cadenza Literary & Arts Magazine, Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC

  • Visiting Artist, Guest Critique - Converse College Senior 2017 BA, Spartanburg, SC

  • Visiting Artist, Guest Lecturer - Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC

  • 2016-2017 Teaching: Free All-Ages Workshops: Markmaking, Embroidery, Weaving, Photography, Nature + Land Art, Abstract Expressionism, Printmaking, Collage - Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC

2016

  • Panel - Aestheticization of Error: the Analog and Digital Materiality of GLITCH, REVOLVE, Asheville, NC

  • SCLA Conference Presenter - “Artist in the Community: An Artist in Residence Partnership” Columbia, SC

  • Practice/Process, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Studio, REVOLVE, Asheville, NC

  • Teaching: Film Composition - Fierce Flix Film Camp for Girls and Gender Minorities, Asheville, NC

  • Art Education Program Volunteer: Roots + Wings School of Art and Design, Asheville, NC

2015

  • Teaching: Markmaking, Weaving, Alt-Photo: Archetypographia Studio Workshops, Marshall, NC

  • Panel Moderator: ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 7 Conference, UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC


EXPERIENCE + CIVIC ENGAGEMENT:

2019

  • Education - Connections Intern, Asheville Art Museum - developing pilot program serving adults with memory loss and their care partners through arts engagement

  • Graduate Exhibitions Assistant, Fine Art Museum, Bardo Arts Center, Cullowhee, NC

  • Graduate Assistant in Art History, Dr. Karen Britt + Dr. Seth McCormick

2018

  • Graduate Exhibitions Assistant, Fine Art Museum, Bardo Arts Center, Cullowhee, NC

  • Graduate Assistant in Art History, Dr. Karen Britt + Dr. Seth McCormick

  • Centering Intersectional Feminism webinar, Standing Up for Racial Justice

  • Gallery Associate, REVOLVE, Asheville, NC

2017-2018

  • Archivist, Mountain Gardens, Celo, NC

  • Fabrication and on-site Assistant to Artist Eli Blasko, Art on the Atlanta Beltline, Atlanta, GA

2017

  • Curation and Interpretation, Creative Consulting, Strategy: About Face Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

  • Installation + Documentation, Art2, Spartanburg Art Museum

  • C4 Hatch Training Intensive: Fuse Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

  • Fabrication, Mural painting, Assistant: BannanBlasko, Spartanburg, SC

2016

  • Installation/Documentation: Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light by Erwin Redl, Bloomburg Grant-funded Project

  • ArtistsU - “Making Your Life as an Artist” Workshop: Tapp's Art Center, Columbia, SC

2015-2016

  • Outreach + Development Coordinator: Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Asheville, NC


PUBLICATIONS/PRESS:

2018

  • Essay and Photograph, the _____ House

2017

  • Cover Image, Ghost Proposal, no.7, Fall 2017

  • PHOTO:OBJECT, zine catalogue, 2017

  • Essay, Photographs, and Artworks published in Exhibition Catalogue Maker's Marks: Art, Craft, and the Fiber of Change, Nichols House Museum, Boston, MA (March 2017)

  • “A year in Spartanburg with Hub-Bub Artist-in-Residence, Lydia See“ - interview, City Podcast, Spartanburg, SC

  • “Lydia See’s latest exhibit travels to places unknown” Mountain Xpress, February 10, 2017

  • “Artist in Residence” - Spartanburg Magazine, February 2017

  • “Artist in Residence Program” - Spartanburg County Public Library Magazine, Winter 2017

2016

  • “Artist joins revamped Hub-Bub residency program” - Spartanburg Herald-Journal, 9.4.16

  • “Lydia See to focus on art accessibility during Hub-Bub residency" – interview, City Podcast, Spartanburg, SC

2014

  • Photographer - Adventures in Letterpress, Brandon Mise. Laurence King, 2014


my photography and/or writing has also appeared in: USA Today, SPIN, The New York Times, Signal to Noise, SIFT
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numerous other regional and national print publications, blogs and online publications.