From 1999-2000, I created an early collection of puppets and dolls while I was studying at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This early body of puppetry work marked a shift in focus from creating performative dolls that existed as sculptural objects or in photographs to kinetic puppets and performing objects with fully fleshed out storylines for performances.
I first used these puppets in the performance Puppet Runway, which was covered in The Chicago Sun Times. I created Puppet Runway in 2001 at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago under the mentorship of puppet artist, Blair Thomas. In 2003, I restaged Puppet Runway at Perishable Theatre in Providence. Later in 2006, I developed a second performance piece with one of the puppets in Rango Tango which was choreographed by marionettist, Phillip Huber at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. I subsequently performed Rango Tango at the Revolving Museum in Lowell, MA.
This collection of early puppets also exists in the form of visual art photographs that I first began exhibiting in 2002 in Seattle at The Harm Reduction Art Room, followed by an exhibition at Tealuxe in Providence. In my installation, Finnochio: The Holiday Classic at the Dirt Palace in Olneyville, RI, I also featured photos of the puppets in Gepetto’s workshop. In 2004, I donated one of the photographs to the Sunny Side Up Brunch silent auction in Boston to support the Friends of the Governor’s Commission on LGBT Youth.
Performance – Puppet Runway
- 2003 Perishable Theatre (Providence)
- 2000 School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Exhibitions of the Puppets
- 2001 Gallery 2 (Chicago)
Photography Exhibitions of the Puppets
- 2004 Sunny Side Up Brunch silent auction (Boston)
- 2003 Finnochio: The Holiday Classic (Olneyville, RI)
- 2002 Tealuxe (Providence),
- 2002 The Harm Reduction Art Room (Seattle)
Performance – Rango Tango