A colorful painting of a young woman sitting on the floor surrounded by open laptops.
Work by Casey Grengs

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Describe the work you submitted for merits.

Some of the pieces I submitted experiment with the awareness of everyday life becoming exponentially encompassed by the digital realm.

The other pieces I submitted were identity-focused.

Why did you decide to come to MCAD?

Minneapolis is my home. I have been living here my entire life and I'm privileged to not have to leave my hometown to attend such an amazing art school.

What are your plans for your senior year? And beyond?

Continue to experiment with painting on technology as a material and subject matter, as well as continue to research and explore the world of Posthumanism.

What inspires you?

I got to experience my Teaching Artist Practicum this spring semester. Both the student artists and teaching artists I worked with immensely inspired me with their contagious creative energy.

Anything you're obsessed with at the moment?

Material wise: gesso. I've been gessoing nearly anything and everything when I get bored in my studio. A lot of my paintings start with ten or more layers of gesso on whatever surface I happen to be working on.

Lately, I have also been deep into reading magical realism, speculative fiction, and poetry. Reading and writing have helped me learn how to better understand my process in creating my own visual artwork, as well as teach others how to create work they envision. Some authors that I have really enjoyed reading from this past year are Octavia E. Butler, Natalie Diaz, Su Hwang, Donna Harraway, Francesca Ferrando, Timothy Morton and Rikki Ducornet.