Myka Irvine is an emerging interdisciplinary artist. She has been involved in photography from behind the lense for most of her life and now has transitioned to being in front of the camera. Local photographers and filmmakers have given her the opportunity to express herself through movement and body language in front of the camera. Her most recent project has been playing a key role in a film by Lora Robertson based on women in power. Through this film she has gained confidence to become involved with other local art projects in Grand Rapids involving expression of sexual identity, gender identity and body positivity. Identity has always been something she has struggled to define and be proud of. Myka's mother was adopted from South Korea as an infant. Grasping her ethnic identity that felt stripped away has been very healing. Her skin is light but her eyes are slanted leaving many people with questions about who and what she is, this has also caused her to question herself. Since Myka was about 10 years old, she has been writing in journals about what goes on in her queer brain. Recently she has taken a step forward with her work by sharing her poetry about mental health, sexuality and gender publicly through different platforms in hopes that it will help people feel less alone. Her poetry is raw, vulnerable, honest and emotionally written and spoken.
Myka's ArtPrize Entries
These are Myka's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Myka's Past Work
These are images of past work that Myka has done.