Artist Profile - Callie McCluskey
Callie McCluskey is a recent graduate from Washington State University, receiving her BFA as well as a second degree in Digital Technology and Culture. While pursuing this education path, she found her passion for art lies somewhere between these two fields. As she explored the world of graphic design, animation, and augmented reality, she grew an appreciation for their ability to enhance and expand traditional artistic mediums. Her subject matter finds inspiration from the people and situations that surround her, usually gravitating towards social critique. Her BFA thesis series, “Digital Identity,” utilizes augmented reality within the paintings. The idea stemmed from the daily dependence our culture has with technology, as well as social media. She is continuously working towards expanding this body of work.
Callie received the 2019 GAP Award for her current series of paintings, “Digital Identity.” She paints in inverted color schemes which force the viewer to rely on a device, such as a smartphone or tablet, to see the paintings correctly. This funding will allow her to purchase new smartphones and battery packs to utilize in her augmented reality headsets.