Team

Who we are

Amelia Rina standing on the bank of the Willamette River. She has medium length wavy brown hair and glasses. She's smiling faintly at the camera.

Amelia Rina

Founder and Editor in Chief

Amelia (she/her) is a writer, editor, and critic with an MFA in Art Criticism & Writing from School of Visual Arts in New York, NY, and a BFA in Photography from California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. Her writing has been published in BOMB Magazine, Artforum, Art in America, Hyperallergic, Aperture, New Archives, among others. Read recently published work on her website. Amelia teaches Critical Writing and Visual Culture at PNCA.

Originally from the Bay, Amelia now lives in Portland, OR, on the unceded territories of the Clackamas and Cowlitz nations.

Email Amelia: hello@variablewest.com

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Eden Redmond

Partnerships Coordinator

Eden Redmond (she/her) is an arts writer and fundraiser based in the Pacific Northwest. Breaking from the exploitative legacies of capitalism, Eden’s creative partnership work depends on dignified relationships and sharing resources in collective abundance. 

Eden also serves as the Director of Operations at Signal Fire, where she shapes and funds programming connecting artists, activists, and Indigenous communities in the fight for land justice. Learn more about Eden on her website.

Email Eden: partners@variablewest.com

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Justin Duyao

Editorial Apprentice

Justin (he/him) is a writer, editor, and student with a BA in English Literature from Harding University. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and is pursing an MA in Critical Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. His interests include studies of consciousness, sociolinguistics, and gender.

Email Justin: editorial@variablewest.com

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Jaime Salazar

Consulting Product Manager

Jaime (he/him) is a Product Manager and Photographer. He has been delivering web-based software for over a decade, while also shooting portraits, music festivals, and DIY music shows.

His photos have been published by Dazed & Confused, Maximum Rocknroll, Artforum, Metal Sucks, Miami New Times, No Thoughts Magazine, Self Titled Mag, VICE, and others. See more of Jaime’s photography on his website.

Based in Portland, OR.