Rietveld TV asked to interview me about my artwork and practice an my studio in Amsterdam. Here is the excerpt from the television program:
Pecha Kucha Amsterdam asked me to speak about my artwork in their 2oth edition evening along with other Artists and Architects. I had about 6 minutes to cram in all the info about me and relay it to an audience of 500 people. The documentation is slightly wonky sorry, but good enough to hear my car crash of a standup comedy act. Needless to say, It went really really well.
Unfold asked me to make the poster for their October issue of any upcoming event in Amsterdam and I chose Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti concert happening in the Bitterzoet October 17th. I love everything about Ariel Pink’s music and steez so it was a no brainer. The main idea was wanting to make a poster that was visible both vertically and horizontally and of course in my tradition to not use photoshop. So I made a whole kind of haunted house set of a paper couch, table and lamp on the wall and cliche’ blood dripping in pink with a giant cross stitch. Then I activated it with my “Ghost” Ayumi Suzuki & Billy the Dog having them jump in the air reminiscent of this Dali portrait Atomicus where they all jump in the air and the moment is just captured as if they were floating (*instead of water we threw strawberry milk). The last idea was that it worked both as a poster and a video. I want to give credit, thanks and much much love to: Ayumi Suzuki, Wendy Tjon a Hie, Steve Korver, Elmer Ko, Caetano Carvalho & Billy the dog for making this shoot so effing incredibly fun and thanks to Steven McCarron & Russell Joyce for the gig! So click here for My Round N Round video/or see a small version below:
Thanksgiving on a farm in Pennsylvania and it’s a vegetarian dinner. What do we do? I had each of the ten people eating that night sit individually with me as I molded mashed potato sculptures of their heads. Then someone sculpted my head and we baked all of our mini-heads in the oven, served them on our plates, and then went around the table saying something we loved about ourselves then proceeded to eat our heads. A narcissistic Thanksgiving was born.
The Derive. Putting into practice the French Situationist game of Drifting or Derive adapted by Lizzie Dolan, Taylor Roy and Myself in New York City. We explored the city by abiding by three rules. 1). Take a left when you see a man in a Yankees Cap. 2). Take a right when you see a woman walking with a baby carriage and 3). Pick up one (man-dropped) object on each block. With these rules we drifted letting the city dictate where we should go next and recorded our journey. The outcomes where really interesting, like the time we agreed to stop our journey, we were exactly one block away from where we started. Or that the shape that we made on a map was that of a man figure, or that at the end of our journey there was a guy in a pink Care Bear suit waving, all funny occurrences. We recreated our journey inside of the SVA building.
This was an assignment about tension. I recalled the awkwardness of adolescence and moments when you had to rehearse every speech, pose, or kiss even in a mirror. This video also touches upon the subject fo ego and narcissistic tendencies that come out of those very innocent actions when interacting with a mirror.
My first Quilt EVER, and oh my god it took FOREVER to make. I was in Miami and picked up a whole lot of really cool 70’s patterned bed sheets, so I decided to use them to form a picture on a quilt kinda fragmentation again. This is the start of something I hope to continue over my lifetime. I will be an old Peepaw sewing my quilts, bless.
A Super 8 Film shot and edited by Lise Lavalle . It’s me skating around Amsterdam. Really cute film. I didn’t make it but I thought I’d add it cause as I acted in this, I think it also planted a seed triggered me to think about video work from then on. Elmer also makes an appearance.
When I was 17 series. A never finished Acrylic piece that will never be completed. Because the more I look at it the more I realize that I am that fuzzy pink little Peruvian girl in the picture. Unfinished.