Tuesday November 14, 6:00 PM
Film screening, Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149
UC San Diego

She Is Fierce: The Art of Joyce Cutler-Shaw, written and directed by Becky Cohen, is a 2016 documentary on Cutler-Shaw’s intense body of work, featuring an in-depth interview with the artist and commentary from Erika Torri, Lynda Claassen, Gail Goldman, and UC San Diego Professor Mark Whitehead. A graduate of the UC San Diego Visual Arts Department, Cutler-Shaw’s long career has taken many forms: ice works, artists’ books, reflective light sculpture, drawing, museum installations, and large public commissions. Her subjects are human identity and the natural world; her themes are evolution and survival – “from reptile into bird, from mammal to human, and from human, perhaps, to humane.” Cutler-Shaw uses drawing “as a way of knowing, as a mode of inquiry, as a visual language.” Her most striking body of work, The Anatomy Lesson, devoted to the process of dying, has developed into The Brain Project, where the artist marks the progress of her own physical decline due to corticobasal syndrome. Her works are collected in museums and libraries worldwide, and her archive is now at the UC San Diego Special Collections Library. Cutler-Shaw was the first Artist-in-Residence at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Becky Cohen, also a graduate of the UC San Diego Visual Arts Department, will introduce She Is Fierce before the screening and answer questions in the end of the event.


Photo by Nicole Gonzalez
Left to Right: Joyce Cutler-Shaw and Becky Cohen holding the Telly Award for directing, writing, and co-producing She Is Fierce.