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We are thrilled to announce our two newest Resident Artists! Hoesy Corona and Melissa Foss join our current residents, MJ Neuberger, Murjoni Merriweather, Lendl Tellington, Charles Mason III, Jason Austin, and Claudia Cappelle. The Creative Alliance Residency Program provides a highly visible, intense, and creative environment for the production of artwork in all media. Attracting artists from around Baltimore and the nation, the program is located at The Patterson, a historic former movie theater converted into a vibrant, community-based art center, with generous workspace, modern facilities, and an atmosphere of ongoing critical feedback.
Hoesy Corona (Baltimore, MD) is an uncategorized queer Latinx artist of Mexican descent living and working in the United States. He creates work across a variety of media spanning installation, performance, and video. He develops otherworldly narratives centering marginalized individuals in society by exploring a process-based practice that investigates what it means to be a queer Latinx immigrant in a place where there are few. He choreographs large scale performances and installations that often silently confront and delight viewers with some of the most pressing issues of our time. Reoccurring themes of queerness, race/class/gender, nature, isolation, celebration, and the climate crisis are present throughout his work. Hoesy has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and public spaces in the United States and abroad.
Corona lived in Mexico, Utah, and Wisconsin, before moving to Baltimore, MD in 2005 to establish a professional practice in the arts. He is a recent GKFF Artist Fellow 2019 & 2020 in Tulsa, OK. And is a former Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow 2017-2018 in Washington, DC. Most recently he was a Nicholson Project Artist in Residence in SouthEast Washington, DC.
Image (above left): “Mother Scapegoat Deities” from Earthly Mirage (2010 – 2020) in 2021. Solo exhibition at Hardesty Center Gallery, Tulsa, OK, curated by Amber Litwack.
Website: https://hoesycorona.com Instagram: @hoesycorona
Melissa Hyatt Foss is a musician, instrument-maker and composer hailing from Maryland and Vermont. After receiving her BA in Art History at James Madison University she relocated to Argentina where she studied and developed her career as a performer, researcher and teaching artist for over a decade. She completed her Master’s degree in Musical Creation, New Technologies and Traditional Arts at the National University of Argentina, specializing in the recreation of ancient sound artifacts of the Americas and electroacoustic composition. For seven years she was a soloist with the Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments and New Technologies, performing in Argentina and touring abroad in Europe and Central America.
Melissa has cultivated an interdisciplinary practice that takes shape in sound sculptures, musical instruments and organic electronica. Her work is a multifaceted contemplation of the beauty of our human heritage, the wisdom of our ancestors, and a search for their place in our world today. Her composition “Hanblecheyapi,” which was composed using a collection of her own hand-built instruments from the three Americas, was one of the International Rostrum of Composers’ 12 recommended works in 2018 and has since been broadcast by the BBC and other radio programs in Finland, Portugal and Austria among others.
Imave (above right): “Ocarina Pájaro” (Bird Ocarina), 2012, 12 x 13 x 17cm, clay and natural pigments. Aerophone with 4 finger holes that allow for the interpretation of different melodies. This flute-like instrument was inspired by a historical Ocarina of the Tairona culture of Colombia. Classified in Western organology as a “globular flute”, the Ocarina is one of the most ancient and prevalent instruments of Indigenous Mesoamerican cultures. Its sounds recall the voices of different animals and mythical creatures that are often represented in their iconographies. These instruments represent the deep relationship that human beings have always had with our natural environment and the beings that inhabit it.