On August 19th, 2017, there was a book launch for COLA 20, featuring DJ Daedalus at Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles. COLA 20, a hardbound edition, that tells the story of the Los Angeles art scene and the impact of the Department of Cultural Affairs through its 20 year history of the COLA Individual Artist Fellowship Initiative. I was awarded a COLA Fellowship in 2016, which enabled me to create the installation (In)/Animate Objects at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. (In)/Animate Objects explored the excesses of a doll hoarding grandmother and featured 1,261 handmade, distressed rag dolls. Continue reading “COLA20 (book launch)”→
On June 16th + 17th, I presented an initial scene from Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups, as an artist-in-residence at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center at the culmination of the National Puppetry Conference.Model Killer is a morbid comedy centered on Vivian Nutt, a disgruntled dollhouse maker turned investigator. Vivian builds dioramas of unsolved murders, only for it to be revealed that she is a serial killer. In Model Killer, I am creating a universe in which I invite the viewer to reconsider female serial killers, the historically feminine craft of miniatures, and murder as entertainment.
From to June 3rd-10th, 2017, video documentation from my performance, Raggedy Ann to Real Doll was on display at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions as part of Irrational Exhibits 10th Anniversary: Mapping the Divide, curated and produced by Deborah Oliver. In Raggedy Ann to Real Doll, I constructed a storefront operating theater at LACE as one of America’s most beloved dolls went under the knife. I examined how we negotiate our idea of personal identity in an ever-shifting landscape of technologies that can drastically alter and re-map the body. Projected video and the remote voyeurism from a live stream provided multiple onsite and virtual opportunities for spectatorship.
On April 20th, 2017, American Theatre, a publication of Theatre Communications Group announced the 2017 season at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, including my artist-in-residence at the National Puppetry Conference. The artist-in-residence was for Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups, a morbid comedy centered on Vivian Nutt, a disgruntled dollhouse maker turned investigator.
On September 2nd, 2016, I finished my tenure at the Puppet Slam Network (PSN), which I co-founded in 2005 with Heather Henson and through support from her production company, Ibex Puppetry. As PSN coordinator for just over a decade, my work focused on cataloguing, connecting, supporting, and generating awareness for evenings of short-form puppetry for adults.
Move over Teen Vogue and Tiger Beat! A team of crackshot junior sleuth investigative journalists over at High School Insider (LA Times) recently got their hands on me and they didn’t let up on all the tough questions!
On June 17th, 2016, I presented a private reading of excerpts from Model Killer: Tiny Crimes and Tiny Coverupsat the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. In Model Killer a disgruntled dollhouse-maker-turned-investigator builds dioramas of unsolved murders, only to be discovered that she is in fact a serial killer. The reading occured at the culmination of the 2016 National Puppetry Conference, where I was mentored by Martin Kettling as part of the writing strand.