Avion Pearce (b 1990 Brooklyn, NY)
is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with the photographic image. Born in New York, where she lives and works, Pearce studied Photography at Parsons School of Design. She will be a Photography MFA candidate at Yale School of Art in the fall of 2022.
A world of imagined historical anecdotes and folklore is the world in which Avion places her work. She explores the use of photography as a medium that has the potential to function as a conveyor of truth, or a source of evidence. Through her photographic work she takes the liberty of being the narrator of events that may or may not have occurred. Staging narrative scenes, using created environments, costumes, props, and found objects she attempts to fill in blanks left in western pictorial histories and texts. The characters of these narratives are often queer and trans people of color, immersed in the routines of the day to day, engaged in moments of tenderness, bliss, fury, melancholy and quiet introspection. The qualities of color in relationship to memory, as well as the tradition of academic and museum historical documentation and displays influence her work.