From December 10th-20th, “(In)/Animate Objects triptych”, a limited edition photograph, is part of an online auction for Automata, a Los Angeles arts organization dedicated to experimental puppet theater, film, and contemporary art practices. The dolls in the photograph were originally part of (In)/Animate Objects, my installation for the 2016 COLA Fellowship exhibition. Continue reading “(In)/Animate Objects triptych, Automata (online auction)”
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 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 8th, I performed Raggedy Ann to Real Doll at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions with Chris Sheets as part of Irrational Exhibits 9. In addition to being at the performance, viewers could experience the performance via live stream. Continue reading “Raggedy Ann to Real Doll, Los Angeles (live stream)”
How do we negotiate our idea of personal identity in an ever-shifting landscape of technologies that can drastically alter and re-map the body? In Raggedy Ann to Real Doll, I dissected what is just beneath the surface of Southern California body culture and our collective preoccupation with physical perfection. Transforming the storefront window of LACE into an operating theatre, I performed experimental cosmetic procedures. Viewers were encouraged to use protective binoculars and decontamination footies as one of America’s most beloved dolls went under the knife.
The following is a recording of my June 4th Artist Talk at LAMAG with Allison de Fren where we discussed the handmade bodies that populate my work, and the obsessions they animate.
From May 27th-June 5th, 2016, my painting, Bernie Sanders Is Fingerlickin Good (which had been previously shown at Future Studio Gallery and featured in the HuffPost) was part of Bernie & The Revolution, a group exhibition at Fachapatoto in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. The exhibition was also a fundraiser for the presidential primary campaign of Bernie Sanders.