Love Lost and the Enchantment of Objects by Jacki Apple (essay)

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On November 2, 2018, Jacki Apple wrote Love Lost and the Enchantment of Objects, a critical essay on my performance, Object of Her Affection, for Fabrik in her column, Peripheral Visions: Perspectives on Performance, Media and Culture.

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Flashback Friday

In organizing the Kickstarter campaign for Object of Her Affection, I’ve been reflecting on the inspiration that led to the performance.  I’ve been developing the ideas behind Object of Her Affection for a while: Back in 2010 –  my wheels started spinning when I stumbled upon footage of a woman who wanted to marry an amusement park ride.

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Security Blanket

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Object of Her Affection – Kickstarter Update:
2 days and already halfway there!

Just 2 days ago in the middle of the night, I launched a Kickstarter for a 3-week run of Object of Her Affection at Automata in Los Angeles as part of LAX Festival. Object of Her Affection is an object and puppet-based performance centered on a woman, who in her search for true love, develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects.

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Foundation for Contemporary Arts (support)

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I am delighted to announce that I will be the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, which will support performances of Object of Her Affection at Automata as part of LAX Festival.  Object of Her Affection is a solo object and puppet-based performance art piece centered on a woman, who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects. There will be twelve performances over three weekends from September 27th and October 14th.  Details will be coming soon.

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Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun (puppet design)

Julie Brown‘s Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun – The Musical in which I designed a humanette puppet used by Drew Droege opened for another run in Los Angeles at the Cavern Club Theater  October 13th-21st, 2017. Continue reading “Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun (puppet design)”

COLA20 (book launch)

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On August 19th, 2017, there was a book launch for COLA 20featuring DJ Daedalus at Grand Performances in downtown Los AngelesCOLA 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)”

Model Killer – Model Victims, Waterford, CT (workshop performance)

Model Killer, 2017, Photo: Richard Termine
Model Killer, 2017, Photo: Richard Termine

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.

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Model Killer, Waterford, CT (residency)

Model Killer

In June 2017, I workshopped the beginnings of my script-in-progress Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups as an artist-in-residence at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center – with performances on Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th at the culmination of the National Puppetry Conference. Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups is a morbid comedy centered on a disgruntled dollhouse maker turned investigator. Vivian Nutt builds dioramas of unsolved murders only for it to be revealed that she is a serial killer. Continue reading “Model Killer, Waterford, CT (residency)”

Raggedy Ann to Real Doll 2017, Los Angeles (video installation)

2017, photo: Curt Lemieux
2017, photo: Curt Lemieux

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.

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Walt Disney Co. + Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (support)

In  June 2017, I was the recipient of funding from both the Walt Disney Company and the Eugene O’Neill Center for an artist-in-residence as part of the National Puppetry Conference. During the residency, I worked on Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups and performed  the first  scene, Model Victims at its culmination.
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