Incorporating my continuing research into contemporary cultural studies, my practice is conceptually driven and media-flexible. Through the use of installations, interventions, photography, film, paintings, and performance, I seek to articulate stories of migration, self-translation, liminal identities, and conflicted narratives. These are utterings, deconstructions, hypothetical manifestations, and experiments within the realms of identity formation—and each re-asks the following: How does one become oneself amid social constructions? Who are the gatekeepers, and what is the nature of their authority? What might we loose? What do we stand to gain?
Aja a conceptual artist working out of Dillon, Montana. She completed Masters Degrees in Fine Art and Art History in 2017 from the University of Montana in Missoula MT, where she created the Monthly Artist Lecture series, artTALK. She is currently a full time Instructor of Art history, as well as the Coordinator of the Visual Arts Gallery at University of Montana Western. She has worked for Tippet Rise Art Center in 2016, the Headlands center of the Arts in 2013, and she received her undergraduate degree in Postcolonial and Diaspora Studies in Literature from Sarah Lawrence College in 2011. She will be an artist in Residence at SFAI Equal Justice Residency in the coming year.