lydia see (she/they/y'all) works across fields as an artist, photographer, educator, curator, and serial collaborator, and is passionate about the uses of art for social justice + civic engagement. lydia is a white, queer, Ashkenazi Jew, Northern by birth and Appalachian by choice, working and living on unceded Cherokee land, what is now known as Western North Carolina. They work in the studio in photography, textiles, and sculpture, and with community, examining authorship, agency, and representation within the context of material culture through archival processes and gestures of craft.
As a serial collaborator, compulsive community builder, practicing studio artist, and educator, lydia is a firm believer in the power of cultural access to transform lives. Through Engaging Collections, a creative residency and publication founded in 2019, and in their studio, lydia makes art, builds shared capacity through collaborative artmaking, and works with community examining authorship, agency, and representation within the context of material culture.