the team

Let's get to know each other...

We're The Courtauldian, the student-run publication of the Courtauld Institute of Art. Alongside our three termly publications, you can find the musings and opinions of the Courtauld's students right here on our website. With weekly columns, creative writing, and reviews on just about anything, you'll never run out of quality reading material.

Meet the 2021-2022 Courtauldian Team!

editor-in-chief

Maya Fletcher-Smith

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Maya is a second year BA student from Manchester. Her interests are wide-ranging, encompassing the surrealist photography of Steven F. Arnold, Soviet children's films and Cambodian rock. Last year, she wrote a fortnightly column for The Courtauldian, 'Seeing Serendipity', which explored everyday aesthetics and unconventional encounters with art.

This year, Maya hopes to continue promoting this holistic, interdisciplinary approach as Editor.

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Kirk Patrick Testa is pursuing an MA in History of Art focusing on Global Conceptualism with Sarah Wilson. He was born in the Philippines and grew up in California’s Bay Area. Before the Courtauld, Kirk received a BA from Vassar College in Art History and Philosophy. Some of his academic areas of interest are postcolonialism, aesthetics beyond the sense of sight, and loving/hating the Museum and Western European culture. Kirk’s extracurricular highlights from studying in New York include: handling prints by Dürer and Rembrandt, interning at the Guggenheim, visiting Matthew Barney’s studio, and cooking scrambled eggs at the Rothko family home.

DEPUTY EDITOR

Kirk-Patrick Testa

editors

Kirk Patrick Testa is pursuing an MA in History of Art focusing on Global Conceptualism with Sarah Wilson. He was born in the Philippines and grew up in California’s Bay Area. Before the Courtauld, Kirk received a BA from Vassar College in Art History and Philosophy. Some of his academic areas of interest are postcolonialism, aesthetics beyond the sense of sight, and loving/hating the Museum and Western European culture. Kirk’s extracurricular highlights from studying in New York include: handling prints by Dürer and Rembrandt, interning at the Guggenheim, visiting Matthew Barney’s studio, and cooking scrambled eggs at the Rothko family home.

MONTHLY SEGMENT EDITOR

Madeleine Jordan

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Kirk Patrick Testa is pursuing an MA in History of Art focusing on Global Conceptualism with Sarah Wilson. He was born in the Philippines and grew up in California’s Bay Area. Before the Courtauld, Kirk received a BA from Vassar College in Art History and Philosophy. Some of his academic areas of interest are postcolonialism, aesthetics beyond the sense of sight, and loving/hating the Museum and Western European culture. Kirk’s extracurricular highlights from studying in New York include: handling prints by Dürer and Rembrandt, interning at the Guggenheim, visiting Matthew Barney’s studio, and cooking scrambled eggs at the Rothko family home.

LITERARY EDITOR

Mary Phan

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Kirk Patrick Testa is pursuing an MA in History of Art focusing on Global Conceptualism with Sarah Wilson. He was born in the Philippines and grew up in California’s Bay Area. Before the Courtauld, Kirk received a BA from Vassar College in Art History and Philosophy. Some of his academic areas of interest are postcolonialism, aesthetics beyond the sense of sight, and loving/hating the Museum and Western European culture. Kirk’s extracurricular highlights from studying in New York include: handling prints by Dürer and Rembrandt, interning at the Guggenheim, visiting Matthew Barney’s studio, and cooking scrambled eggs at the Rothko family home.

REVIEWS EDITOR

Rachel McHale

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Kirk Patrick Testa is pursuing an MA in History of Art focusing on Global Conceptualism with Sarah Wilson. He was born in the Philippines and grew up in California’s Bay Area. Before the Courtauld, Kirk received a BA from Vassar College in Art History and Philosophy. Some of his academic areas of interest are postcolonialism, aesthetics beyond the sense of sight, and loving/hating the Museum and Western European culture. Kirk’s extracurricular highlights from studying in New York include: handling prints by Dürer and Rembrandt, interning at the Guggenheim, visiting Matthew Barney’s studio, and cooking scrambled eggs at the Rothko family home.

REVIEWS EDITOR

Caroline Benedict

columnists

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Elizabeth Mullaney is a MA student from New York specializing in postwar and contemporary abstraction. Last spring she graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she studied art history and english. While at Columbia she interned at Sotheby’s, joined the Columbia Undergraduate Journal of Art History as Lead Designer, and was on the board of the Columbia Art Business Association. Her intellectual and creative interests are interdisciplinary and intersectional, spanning the worlds of art, fashion, literature, politics, business, and the law.

COLUMNIST

Elizabeth Mullaney

COLUMNIST

Louisa Hunt

COLUMNIST

Lynn Ha

staff writers

STAFF WRITER

Harry Carlson

STAFF WRITER

Sarah Mackay

STAFF WRITER

Claire Wilson

STAFF WRITER

Sophie Buckman

STAFF WRITER

Yuna Kim

STAFF WRITER

Lori Stranger

STAFF WRITER

Rory Hayes

STAFF WRITER

Esme Kroese

STAFF WRITER

Lucas Ind

head of art and illustration

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Liv is a BA3 student. Having undertaken an art foundation at city and guilds art school, she has continued her love of art throughout her time at The Courtauld. Creating satirical cartoons for On the Fence magazine and her own personal illustrations. 

Olivia Keable

illustration team

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Jago Henderson is a third year BA student and part of the illustration team. He is responsible for all the team portraits! Jago is really interested in creating bold and graphic art, taking inspiration from Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Sonia Delaunay. Art and illustration have always been an important and relaxing pass time and hobby for Jago, and he loves attending life drawing classes. Growing up reading Tintin novels religiously, Jago has inherited into his artwork a cartoonish style reminiscent of his favourite childhood book series. 

ILLUSTRATOR

Jago Henderson

ILLUSTRATOR

Isabelle Carey

ILLUSTRATOR

George Goodhand

ILLUSTRATOR

Sasha Dunn

ILLUSTRATOR

Isabella Taleghani

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Zeynep is in her second year of undergraduate Art History Diploma. Coming from Istanbul, Turkey, she truly enjoys being located in large cities in which she finds such a positive energy that gives her the motivation to always experience new things. Coming from a Non-Western country but spending six year in a very cosmopolitan Western city, she has a very distinctive perspective to offer to the Courtauldian with many new initiatives in mind!

head of graphic Desıgn

Zeynep Koksal

graphic Desıgn team

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Laura is a second year BA student at the Courtauld. She is looking forward to contributing to the graphic design team this year. She has always lived in London and loves how there’s always more to be explored in the city. She likes to travel and has a passion for learning languages, as well as international cuisine.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Laura Thomas

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Molly Thiebaud

Dıgıtal team

WEBSITE MANAGER

Sarah Kurzweil

Liv is a BA2 student and also the BA2 representative. She has loved Art History since she was a little kid and her parents would take her to all sorts of galleries and exhibitions, which is something she still does regularly now. Liv  also loves fashion styling, interior design and textile design. She is really excited to be a part of The Courtauldian Team this year and to engage with everyone over on our social media pages! 

WEBSITE MANAGER

Kitty Ristuccia

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Liv Cheney

Copy editors

COPY EDITOR

Maria Perry

COPY EDITOR

Jackie Siegel 

COPY EDITOR

Josephine Kaiding

COPY EDITOR

Callum Good

COPY EDITOR

Elizabeth Barratt

COPY EDITOR

Annabelle Ruvigny

Courtauld camaraderie podcast

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Harry is a BA3 student, occasional composer, podcaster and rare architectural tour guide. His writing, though sporadically located in different media, focuses largely on our built environment and social responses to it in the UK. With a background in classics, he aspires to be Ciceronian in style yet falls quite far short. As such criticism is always welcome! Harry also hosts the Courtauld Camaraderie Podcast.

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Molly is an MA student studying Tom Nickson’s course on Art, Identity, Trade & Politics in the Middle Ages.

Having deviated from Art History since her undergrad, completing an MSci in the History and Philosophy of Science and working as a financial consultant for a year, Molly is excited to delve back into her true love: medieval cathedrals.

A podcast lover – with favourites including Revisionist History and Sculpting Lives – Molly hopes her varied background will help her bring a fresh perspective to the Courtauld Camaraderie Podcast. 

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The Courtauldian is the editorially independent student publication of The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. The views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the individual authors to whom they are attributed and do not necessarily reflect those of The Courtauldian, The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Students’ Union, or any of their staff or representatives. Every effort has been made to avoid inaccuracies, to reproduce content only as permitted by copyright law, and to appropriately and fully credit the copyright holder(s) of any content reproduced.  

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