Cecilia McKinnon grew up in a family of theater artists in California, immersed in performance and music. She moved to New Mexico to complete a BFA at the University of New Mexico, studying sculpture and printmaking, and ultimately branching out into a broader intermedia practice while participating in the Land Arts of the American West program. She has studied puppetry and circus practices with the Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont, and spent a year at Concordia University in Montreal studying textiles and performance. She is an active experimental musician, currently performing under the name of Star Canyon. She has been a member of several collectives, including noise performers Milch de la Máquina, women’s music festival organizers Gatas y Vatas, and most currently GRAFT collective, an art and curatorial collective based out of Barelas neighborhood in Albuquerque.