Bianca Sturchio (she/her) is a mixed-media artist and graduate holding a MSW (2020) and BSW in (2019) from the University of Southern Maine. Bianca uses her lived experiences of disability and queerness to inform both her professional and creative pursuits. Bianca explores the tactility of layered materials, and experiments with mark-making, use of color, and repetitive patterns. Select works have been published in The Hunger Journal online. She endeavors to use art as an emancipatory tool to express the implications of living inside a unique body and mind. In 2017, Bianca released an intimate account of her mental and physical health challenges in an 80-edition RISO zine titled "I don't want to live in darkness" for a multi-artist show Body is a Bridge (Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX, 2017). Currently, she is a co-collaborator of Chasing Light.
riel Sturchio (they/she) is an interdisciplinary artist whose fine art practice includes film photography, printmaking, artist books, prose, sound installation, sculpture, video, and collaboration. Their work revolves around their experiences with disability, chronic illness, and queer identity. Through one-of-a-kind prints, sculptural installation, traditional and experimental approaches to photography and sound, they explore how symbols such as bodily response to aging, color, descriptive sound, and words challenge and complicate taxonomies of the body, touch, and time. Through enlargements of detail, rich color, and immersive installation, riel provides their audience opportunities for altered mental, emotional, and physical states and explorations of vulnerability and bodily attention. They received an MFA from the University of Texas, Austin (2018), and a BFA in Photography from the Maine College of Art (2012).