3 Questions with A.L. Steiner
A.L. Steiner on questions, protest, and identity.
3 QUESTIONS is a series of brief, three-question interviews with PNCA’s visiting artists and lecturers. Each year, PNCA attracts innovative, thoughtful, and creative makers and thinkers who share our belief in the transformative power of creativity. In three short answers to three short questions, these artists offer perspectives on career, motivation, and transformation. When available, we include links to audio recordings, transcripts, slideshows, or video.
“Question production & consumption.”
What advice would you offer current students about to embark on a career in the arts?
Question production & consumption.
How do you maintain your creative practice? What keeps you motivated and engaged?
Trying to smash the patriarchy.
Could you describe a moment or experience that profoundly changed the nature of your work?
Coming out of the heterosexist closet.
A.L. STEINER utilizes constructions of photography, video, installation, collage, collaboration, performance, lecturing, writing and curatorial work as seductive tropes channeled through the sensibility of a skeptical queer eco-feminist androgyne. Steiner’s projects and collaborations are celebratory efforts in confronting notions of normativity, activism, and the sources of constructed truths. Her interventions, sensory advertisements and affects on happenstance subvert and sabotage language commonly used to define queer/feminist/lesbian art. She’s a collective member of Chicks on Speed, co-curator of Ridykeulous, co-founder/organizer of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), and collaborates with numerous visual and performing artists. Steiner is Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of University of Caifornia’s Roski School of Fine Arts’ Master of Fine Arts Program and Visiting MFA Faculty at Bard College in New York. Her work is featured in such permanent collections as The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Marieluise Hessel Collection, and The Museum of Modern Art.