Makena Gadient has spent the last seven years in Seattle making work about personal histories, curating, and writing/directing short films. Born and raised in Maui, HI, she spends her summers in the home she grew up in experimenting with new material and receiving stories from her family. She received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts (2016) where she was the curator for the on campus gallery for three years.
Makena sat on the curatorial committee at CoCA (2017) and is a gallery docent for METHOD (2016- ). Her solo show at Project Diana | The Alice gallery last December brought her street art practice into a gallery space for the first time. She has participated in group shows in Seattle at The Vestibule, The Alice Gallery, CoCA, and While Supplies Last events. In the last year her work has been in two Los Angeles shows with Soft.Core gallery. She is a participating artist for CoCA’s 2019 Marathon and Auction, and will have work in Soil gallery auction in November 3 2019 as well.
For a few years I was worried that creating personal work using stereotypical feminine material would be exclusionary towards men, or would be considered craft. I am happiest when I am creating, and no longer worried about those who do not like the stories I tell, or how I tell them.