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WHY IS THIS HERE?

Hey, y'all - I'm Critical Canon founder, Mandy Messina.

I'm a South African artist living in Oklahoma. A place I have long been simultaneously fascinated and frustrated with. The state continues to produce endless material - thick history, farcical contemporary politics - that feeds my writing, visual and performative art practices. Oklahoma is also affordable enough that I can focus on making work.

This past year I was fortunate enough to string together a couple of artist residencies, enabling me to see the bigger scope of art production in the US.

Critical Canon is a growing collection of profiles on artists I spent time with, whose work or life piqued my interest.