Raggedy Ann to Real Doll

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Raggedy Ann to Real Doll was a performance-installation I created at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) on June 8th, 2016 as part of Irrational Exhibits 9, curated by Deborah Oliver. In Raggedy Ann to Real Doll, 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 – dissecting what is just beneath the surface of our collective preoccupation for physical perfection. Transforming the storefront window of LACE into an operating theatre, I performed cosmetic procedures as one of America’s most beloved dolls went under the knife.Projected video and remote voyeurism from a live stream provided multiple onsite and virtual opportunities for spectatorship – with the possibility to experience the installation from the gallery sidelines, externally through the windows, or directly engage in the surgery.