We had the good fortune of connecting with Caity Fares and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caity, what matters most to you?
Kindness, empathy, and introspection matter most to me, and I try to bring these values into my art and teaching practices every day. With my students, I think it’s important to approach them with compassion and engage the deep and personal parts of each individual to help them feel personally connected to ideas, learning, and the role they play in creating culture. In my art practice, I strive to create experimental representations of landscapes that are more cerebral and emotional than they are identifiable and knowable.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am excited to be contributing as queer, female artist to the global conversation about contemporary landscape aesthetics. This year I published work in three art magazines and showed in five virtual exhibitons, including MOPA’s “Open Show.” In January 2021, I will have some work in the California Museum of Photography’s “Art in the Plague Year” exhibition. As a relatively shy person, talking in front of large groups of people was initially a huge challenge for me and is now something I am proud to do in the classroom. I also love teaching online which has allowed me to travel the world as a digital nomad. I spent the better parts of 2017 and 2019 house and pet sitting while traveling to over fifteen different countries in Europe and Central America. I was able to visit some amazing art and photography museums and bring back knowledge to my photo students. As I’ve expressed in my teaching statement, art-making is more than just a practice that happens inside of a classroom or studio: it is a way of interacting with the world. One can live as an artist by being a patient and thoughtful observer and by applying what is learned in class to daily life. My ultimate goals are to find and nurture each developing artist’s unique strengths, to help them become invested in collaboration, and to open them to alternative perspectives within and outside of the art historical narrative.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them for a snorkeling session at La Jolla Shores, a hike in Mission Trails, and out for some Mexican and Thai food. We would also need to see MOPA in Balboa Park and have a breakfast picnic under the eucalyptus trees.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Dave Eichinger at City College, Meghann Riepenhoff from my days at SFAI, and Ken Alley from my days at UCSC.
Portrait: Credit Liberty Johnke Images: Caity Fares from the series “Imagined Landscapes”