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Get to know Jesenia better, from her roots as a queer first-generation Indigenous Venezuelan-American autistic environmental biochemist turned data analyst, to her dreams as a social justice producer. See how Jesenia captures her love for travel and culture, her curiosity for learning, and her identity in her art.
Building upon the momentum of the march, Claudia Alick’s 2023 art project invites theaters and galleries to actively engage their audiences in a profound exploration of the WHY MASK? concept. In a time when many institutions and individuals have discarded COVID precautions, disregarding the concerns of the immunocompromised, it is imperative that we recognize the impact of such actions on accessibility and inclusivity.
Artistic and Process Statement: Claudia Alick’s “Black Men Dancing” began as an exercise working with the male figure. She had been primarily celebrating the black femme form and pivoted to male bodies for this project. This was a time where Claudia was obsessed with making the AI generators produce Black people which required a surprising amount of effort. Somehow even black outlines were suggesting white identities an it took specific prompts and specialized fine tuning data to get this result. She fed in images references from sports, history, and dance. Music paired with video is On Time – Metro Boomin & John Legend
Artistic and Process Statement: Claudia Alick’s “WOMAN” began as an exercise in creating a series of Black women dancing. It was actually a complicated task of using different prompts to get images that resulted in the right images. The machine kept producing white dominant images if Claudia was not specific. The animation was meant to evoke Black joy and femme power. She named the piece “Woman” and searched for a song to add to the animation. She chose the song Woman from Doja Cat.
Artistic and Process Statement: Claudia Alick’s “HER” began as a exercise to make a woman walk with apowerfist in the air. Claudia made a collage using different elements and fed it through a generator to produce hundreds of images. The artistic impulse was one to add collaged images that would inspire the machine to produce what she wanted. When she shared the animation online she added the Megan the Stallion song Her and names the piece after that.
Artistic and Process Statement: Claudia Alick’s “Sis You a Bad Bitch” began with a collage of a Black woman. I used the AI generators to generate versions that were screaming in joy, pain, or standing in their power. I edited an animation that cycled through these different emotions. I added the music Sis You A Bad Bitch 2.0 by Shariya Wise and named the piece after the song.