Social Practice Artist, joshuasofaer.com, @joshuasofaer
Working in the arts, especially in social practice, there is a thin line between art and life. The work is our life and we put so much of our life into the work. With Justina’s support during River Crossing: I want to communicate with you, I was able to maintain a healthy balance between work and life and feel confident in the project’s progress, even from across the globe.
Justina brought the right amount of urgency to each task and understood what was required to get things done. From the start of the project, her writing and communication skills were immensely helpful. Through emails, phone calls, in-person meetings, and outreach events she helped move the project through each stage smoothly, raised public awareness about the project, and engaged thousands of community members in the participatory stage of the project.
It could have been incredibly frustrating working on this project from London, wondering if someone got your message and if they are ‘on the case’ with it. Happily, communication between us was a dream and I always felt confident knowing that Justina would be back in touch, if not immediately, then at her nearest available moment. It was great to know that I could trust Justina to be there and handle the immediate needs of the project.
Artist, aidalizalde.com, @aida_lizalde
"Justina’s analytical feedback and written edits were key in writing an informative, yet concise application. Before I hired her, I saw her research work and could see that she was great at writing and editing so I knew she’d be able to help me. Many people pretend they know what they are doing or just wing it but Justina is professional in her qualifications, proactive and willing to do the work."
Artist, michaelpribich.com, @michael_pribich
"I suspect people underestimate Justina. She is professional, educated, punctual, fashionable, funny, and prepared to work. I came to her with an important registrar project which needed to get done quickly and Justina helped me complete it successfully. Her sense of curiosity and generosity is fabulous and she was a joy to work with."
"I believe that the Sacramento art scene is in need of robust critical discourse. Because of her involvement in the local art community and connections with local artists through her studies at UC Davis, Justina is well-positioned to comment on the serious art happening here. Though I was initially reluctant to hire anyone to write about my exhibition, I commissioned Justina to write an essay for my “Revision 1” exhibit catalog. It was rewarding to be interviewed by Justina about my work and to read her completed essay. Justina’s essay is an important part of the catalog that I’ve distributed to critics, gallerists, collectors, and other artists over the last couple of years."