Trina is a photographic installation artist, speaking to the human experiences we don't often talk about. By exposing the ugly lies we believe about ourselves, Trina's work offers one part social commentary and one part deep personal narrative, allowing the viewer to become the camera on the production set of her reality. With the use of popular imagery, nostalgia, and artifice, Trina recreates scenes to process her past as a way to connect to the present, creating a model of emotion for those who may still be searching for permission to feel. Truth, honesty, and vulnerability are central to the work as she concerns herself with our collective desire to have a deeper connection to one another. She is a self described "intellectual bimbo".

contact: trina@trinaphotog.com // instaham and twitter: @trinatr0n

 

Education:
2021 MFA in Visual Studies, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

2013 BA in Photography, California State University Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

 

Grants/Awards:
2020 MFA Merit Scholarship, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN​
2019 MCAD Trustees Scholarship, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

2017 Beacon: Sacramento Reproduction Week, Featured Artist, Sacramento, CA

 

Fellowships:
2021 MCBA MCAD Collegiate Fellowship, Minneapolis, MN

Solo Exhibitions:

2020 FANS ONLY!11!, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Suitcase Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2020 Decathexis, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Library Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2020 2020 Quarantine: 100 Days of Space, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN​

 

Group Exhibitions:
2021 MCAD MFA Thesis Exhibit, Minneapolis College of Art and Design MFA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2021 The Temporary Institute of Early Art, Pancake House, Minneapolis, MN

2020 Fall Show 2020, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery, Minneapolis, MN​
2020 Untitled 16, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
2020 The Body Embodied, Gallery 148, Minneapolis, MN

2019 Unbound: MFA Reading Library, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Library Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2019 Break Every Rule, Minneapolis College of Art and Design MFA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2018 Girls Night Out, Broad Room, Sacramento, CA

2018 the aZn room, the aZn room, Sacramento, CA
2018 Sac Open Studios Exhibition, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA
2017 Nasty Women Sacramento, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA
2017 Beacon: Sacramento Reproduction Week, Sacramento CA
2012 CSUS Spring Show, California State University Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

2012 Generalizasian, The Raymond Witt Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Lectures/Talks:

2021 Social Media and The New Banal Photo, panelist, PCA/ACA Conference, Virtual

2021 2021 MCAD Commencement, speaker, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

2021 MCAD MFA Thesis Exhibit, artist talk, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

2021 Health Humanities in Times of Crisis, panelist, Smart Museum of Art University of Chicago, Virtual

2021 I Went To Art School and All I Got Was A Pandemic, moderator, Gallery 148, Minneapolis, MN

2020 Keeping Us Conformed: A Brief History on The Punk Zine, panelist, SECAC, Richmond, VA
2020 2020 Quarantine: 100 Days of Space, artist talk, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN​
2020 The Body Embodied, artist talk, Gallery 148, Minneapolis, MN

Curation:

2021 I Went To Art School and All I Got Was A Pandemic, Gallery 148, Minneapolis, MN

Print Media:
2020 The Globs, The Weird and Wonderful World of The Globs, album cover photograph and insert
2015 Shark Sandwich, Self Titled, album cover photograph
2015 Shoujo Kitten, Self Titled, album cover collage
2013 Rad, Self Titled, album cover photograph
2012 David Kulczyk, California Fruits, Flakes & Nuts: True Tales of California Crazies, Crackpots and Creeps, author portrait

Artist Books/Zines:

2021 Don't Worry, I'll Be Leaving Soon (Print Edition)

2020 Mary Is Gonna Lose It Anyway

2020 Do It Yourself/Hang In There Baby
2019 Let's Go On a Date!
2019 Chimps'n'shit

2018 The Jerk Off
2018 Hire Me, You Mother Fucker

Professional:

2021 Freelance Photography, Art Documentation, Portrait, Corporate, Event

2021 Soo Visual Arts Center, Outreach Coordinator

2020 MCAD Library Archives Assistant

2020 Teaching Assistant: Walking as Artistic Practice
2019 Teaching Assistant: Critical Studies
2012 Teaching Assistant: Alternative Process Photography

Press:

2021 "Reflections on Creativity and Purpose" by curator Keisha Williams, essay

2020 Interview, SOTA: State of The Arts, podcast

2018 Interview, Insight with Beth Ruyak, Capitol Public Radio, Sacramento, CA
2018 Instagram Takeover, @vergeart, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA