Isa Gagarin (b. 1986, Guam, USA) is a visual artist raised in Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, whose work focuses on site-responsive installation and mixed media works on paper. In her works on paper, Gagarin uses color and texture to create compositions that allude to elements of islands and ocean such as water, waves, dappled light and the moon. Her installations explore similar themes while responding to the unique characteristics of light and architecture on site, generating questions about the legacies that inform one’s orientation to the environment. Gagarin’s work raises these questions in relation to her experience of longing for a meaningful sense of ancestral origin and belonging in Guam and the Philippines. She received an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018, and earned her BFA in Painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2008. Gagarin currently teaches at the University of Minnesota.