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.

Originally from the Bay, Amelia now lives in Portland, OR, on the unceded territories of the Clackamas and Cowlitz nations, and teaches Critical Writing and Visual Culture at PNCA.

Jaelynn is standing in front of a Yucca tree and a thinly framed Jeffrey Cheung print. She is a woman in her early twenties with dark skin tone, short, curly, dark brown hair. She's smiling subtly at the camera.

Jaelynn Walls

2022 Editorial Apprentice

Jaelynn Walls is a curator and culture writer based in San Francisco, California. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in art history at Stanford University and is the creator and host of Art in Color, an educational Youtube channel. Her interests include digital arts education, contemporary African American art, and winding experimental fiction.

Email Jaelynn: editorial@variablewest.com

Amelia Ketzel standing in the Jacob Lawrence gallery in front of a haint blue wall and window. She is an Asian-American woman with long black hair and a black puff-sleeve top. She is smiling in between laughs.

Amelia Ketzel

2022 Editorial Apprentice

Amelia is a Washington native and current undergrad at the University of Washington studying Art History and Classics. With a love of material and visual culture, she is deeply involved with the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, acting as a committee member and an Assistant Curator. She also runs communications for the UW Textiles Studies Cohort.

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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.