Photo by Melissa Blackall

Walkthrough with artists in the 27th Drawing Show

Join us for a walkthrough with artists in the 27th Drawing Show at Boston Center for the Arts. Learn more about the works of Ryan Aasen, Stephanie Cardon, Homa Sarabi, and Michael Talbot as well as their connection with this exhibition Yušká: Uncoil curated by Erin Genia

The artists, chosen through an open-call, work in different materials, content and have different approaches to their art.  Their works, which span a range of media, engage with drawing or the formal qualities of line both conceptually and literally. Through Yušká, artists honor the agency of the Earth and our place in it, unraveling the immense knot formed by harmful ideologies that threaten the web of life.


Ryan Aasen is an artist, researcher, and educator broadly interested in the politics of technology and the contemporary implications of historic objects. He was a Northern Art(ists) on the Verge fellow, an MIT Transmedia Storytelling Initiative fellow, an artist-in-residence at Triangle Arts Association, and his work has been exhibited internationally. He is currently a visiting lecturer at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology.

Stephanie Cardon (she/her) is an artist whose work is preoccupied with the emotional and social impact of ecological loss and climate change. She is particularly interested in the systems that bind us in harmful patterns and in ways of breaking free. Currently, she is working with reclaimed and wild clay, and biodegradable materials she creates from plants, in order to build a closer and more palpable relationship to Earth. This is a recent material shift in her practice, which has focused on recycling materials from the built environment, such as plastic textiles, concrete, and construction debris, into sculptures that draw attention to climate collapse. Cardon’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at such places as deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, VSOP, and The Center for Maine Contemporary Art. In 2018, Now + There commissioned her to make a site-specific installation on the topic of climate justice for Boston’s Prudential Center. She has received awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Saint Botolph’s Club, Institut Français, and has been an artist-in-residence at MassMOCA, The Wassaic Project, Ucross Foundation, AIRIE (Artist in Residence in the Everglades). Cardon holds a BA in History and Modern Languages from the University of Oxford, a graduate certificate in Photography from ICP, and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Since 2016, she has been Assistant Professor in Studio Foundation at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. She lives and works in Boston.

Homa Sarabi is a filmmaker, educator, and programmer. She is a member of the Feminist Futurist collective and a LEF Flaherty Fellow. Through moving image installations, non-fiction storytelling, and photography Homa explores the spaces of physical and emotional distance and connection, history, and personal and collective memory. In addition to her independent curatorial practice, she collaborates with the RPM Film Festival as a programmer and serves as the shorts program director for Salem Film Fest 24. She teaches 16mm filmmaking at Emerson College, where she is a faculty fellow with the Engagement Lab, a community-focused education design initiative.

Michael Talbot, growing up in Jamaica, has always had a strong desire to inspire and speak to others through art. In 2012 he left his home country to live in the United States and has since been working as a Boston-based Freelance Artist on a wide range of projects, exhibitions, and showcases.

Michael believes that all art is inter-connected in some facet; informing, complimenting and/or enhancing each other. And although his passion and interest for storytelling is forefront in his practice and craft, he tends to draw from his knowledge in as many areas of study as possible to help strengthen this process. Whenever possible, he uses his rich cultural background from his early life in Jamaica to infuse, improve, and “season” whatever project he tackles, often mixing both digital and traditional media.