MFA, Art Studio
Whitney Vangrin is an artist formerly based in Brooklyn, New York, but originally from Northern California, who works across mediums with an emphasis in performance and video. Equal parts physical and psychological, her performances question perceptions of authenticity, creating works that hinge upon reality and simulation while making allusions to film, ritual, and folk traditions.
Vangrin’s performances contain nods to highly stylized cinematic forms and channel the performances of the iconic heroines found in the genres of science fiction, thriller, drama, and horror. Each performance wavers between sincerity and melodrama, pursuing a desire to blur the lines between representation and life. Vangrin seeks to embrace the ambiguities that exist between being and wanting to be, and the rich production of myth and image that comes from that.