Words by Ily Goyanes
Miami New Times‘ Mastermind Awards honors the city’s most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We’ll be profiling those honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year’s three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 28 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.
Dallas-born artist Autumn Casey considers herself an “assembler of metaphors…a mirror to the unusual happenings in the urban world.”
Casey takes ‘seemingly random elements’ and elevates them into something less ephemeral. She may have graduated from New World School of the Arts with a focus on sculpture, but her work is hard to categorize — she combines music, art, and performance into her pieces.
Her work has been featured as part at the Museum of Contemporary Art and her short film Getting Rid of all My Shoes was acquired by the museum’s permanent collection from her participation in Optic Nerve XII. Casey’s artwork has also been featured in the critically-acclaimed exhibition ‘Weird Miami’ at the Bas Fisher Invitational and at David Castillo Gallery’s “Open.”
Cultist: In first grade, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Autumn Casey: A pediatrician and a rock star.
Favorite thing about Miami’s art scene?
How it’s like a small dysfunctional family that you only have to see when you want to.
Least favorite thing about Miami’s art scene?
How it seems to count its chickens before they hatch, so it sometimes seems like something is happening — at the same time as it feels like nothing is happening.
Name your three favorite dead artists.
I’ve always been interested in artists that are able to show the duality in things — like finding the beauty in something dying, or artists that can do this in a more subtle or subversive way.
I guess I would name Hieronymus Bosch, Andy Warhol, and Captain Beefheart.
Name one thing you can only get in Miami that you can’t live without.
The variety of culture. Like being inside an English Pub in the middle of Little Haiti listening to some teenage metal head bands on a Tuesday night is what’s special to Miami.