Welcome to FIGMENT people, a series of stories about the people behind FIGMENT Oakland! We’ll meet some people on the core event team, artists and volunteers. Want to hear about a specific FIGMENT team member or volunteer? Email us and tell us who you’d like to see: [email protected]
FIGMENT person: Audrey Boguchwal
An oldie but goody, Audrey surveying the terrain at FIGMENT NYC 2009. Yes, that’s a cooler.
Audrey is a member of the communications team for FIGMENT Oakland 2015. Her role is to tell everyone about FIGMENT, at all times. She promotes FIGMENT to artists, organizations and participants alike. Audrey attended the first FIGMENT ever, in NYC in 2007, and joined the curatorial team the following year. Over the years, she’s volunteered for FIGMENT in many capacities. She served as FIGMENT NYC curatorial director from 2009-2010 and is excited to be involved with FIGMENT in her new west-coast home.
For Audrey, FIGMENT is as much about about participation as it is about art.
She says, “FIGMENT reminds people that they should participate in their communities. They need not be spectators in their own lives. Through art and play, FIGMENT models the positive outcome of collaboration. When we come together to work on shared projects, the benefits for all increase. FIGMENT teaches us to get involved - a valuable lesson that we can take back to local government, education, our jobs and more.”
What else does she do when she’s not working on FIGMENT?
Audrey has approached art from many directions. As a kid, she spent her summers at visual arts camps, making horrifying creations that still lurk in her parents’ suburban New York basement. Undeterred by society’s feedback on her work, she thought, “perhaps I should approach art from a new angle,” and pursued graduate study in Museum Anthropology, later working in a few different museums. A few trips to Burning Man followed and soon she stumbled upon FIGMENT on that fateful day in 2007
Over the years, Audrey has been part of teams for many large-scale art installations in New York City, its environs and the Nevada desert. These days, she is more focused on smaller projects like elaborate cooking, indoor gardening, and crafts. During the week, Audrey manages software design and development for a tech nonprofit in San Francisco. In her spare time, she enjoys social partner dancing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, exploring museums, hosting dinner parties and listening to podcasts.
Want to meet Audrey in person and be part of our team? Volunteer to help right here!