Inga Mccaslin Frick
504 Caledonia St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
“You Can Have the Blue Pill or the Red Pill, and We’re Out of Blue Pills”
That was the title of a recent article co-authored by my hero Yuval Noah Harari warning of the dangers of artificial intelligence. Harari draws a picture of human history driven by story in his must read best seller Sapiens. He draws a picture of an AI future where stories are turned into weapons of mass destruction.
As a Jehovah’s witness I grew up with a hum dinger of a story. This left me with a lifelong longing to escape from stories. Which is, of course, impossible. I tried physics. Then art.
Playing with illusion is my way of unraveling stories. I love the nether realm between one possibility and another; the hover between meanings; the contradictions. Looking back on all of what I know of the universe and human relations leaves me hopelessly baffled and thwarted. I wail of that wall of limitation. And celebrate. With open arms.
I graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz and then went on for an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania I later earned a second MFA from the University of Maryland in digital media. My paintings were included in the Corcoran Museum's biannual survey of American painting in1993. Around that time I began to explore video installation together with Gillian Brown. In 1999 we were awarded a fellowship from Harvard University, where we worked for a year on a technically and conceptually complex interactive video installation, Turnaround Time. My formal art career ended in 2008 when my husband was severely brain damaged. The next 13+ years were given to caregiving, first for my husband and then my mother. I never stopped working on my art but I did stop showing. Now I’m back. Working full time and ready to boogie.