At Washington Square Park, San Francisco, 2011.
Part of La Pocha Nostra Summer Intensive Workshop.
Befriended and befriending, the woman to my left is the only one in the park who saw my difficulty and removed the tape around my ankles so that I could walk without stumbling.
45 min. durational performance for Queergasm at Defibrillator, Chicago, Feb. 2012.
This piece attempts to convey the cycle of mental violence I, as well as too many other trans persons, experience when faced with a need for medical care and an inability to access it. I repeatedly completed a gesture of mutilation with intermittent moments of stillness while crying, "Es sólo un sueño!" at varying volumes.
Participants are guided by the performer as if on a nature hike through the museum for 20 minutes, stopping periodically to make compass readings, re-view objects with binoculars and listen to poetic narratives of fictional hikes. The group traverses the architecture using movement inspired by outdoor adventures. Rather than funneling an interior experience to an outward appearence in the creation of an artwork, I am postulating that the the environment may come inside, of its own accord, in order to re-envision itself and disguise its autonomy as part of some sort of chameleon-like survival tactic. I am particularly thinking about how I might problematize cause and effect, concerning the etiology and treatment of gender identity disorder. Fall, 2011
Map artifact given to participants by which they may locate themselves. Sampled from the museum visitor guide and a topographical map of the Cullen, Isle of Sky.
Post-Bacc thesis May, 2012. Borrowing from the life and legend of Joan of Arc, this piece dialogs and plays the devil's advocate with trans exclusionary rhetoric, best exemplified by Janice Raymond's book, Transsexual Empire. Four video interstitials each have companion performative gesture-sequences revolving around place, sexuality and time.
Video interstitial, part two of four.
Each video sequence tells part of a romantic narrative between a trans Joan and her sword.
I'm interrogating notions of sexed authenticity through romantic, historical and spiritual recontextualizations. Embellished images sourced from my childhood are grafted into an easy romantic narrative, beginning with a spatial/character setup and preperations for an encounter, moving through the date itself, and ending with the emotional binds and sense of peace within sexuality.
Video interstitial: part three of four
Frame 1 of 3 from a comic-inspired translation of the photographic documentation. The text was generated long after the performance, thinking about the performer as a superhero with an Achilles heel.
Frame 3 of 3. Here, Joan is being tortured for being trans by another performer, Li Hui Huang, with nail salon apparatus, including warm water, soap, scrub brush and pumice stone. I tend to twitch and laugh when receiving or giving myself a pedicure. The audience is invited to utilize a feather to tickle torture me. I'm interested in the links between biological responses and the community.
Feb. 2014 in front of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
15 min. sculptural performance in protest of the student health insurance policy.
First in a series of three.
Second iteration of public protest in Feb. 2014.
Grant Park, Chicago.
21 degrees, 15 mph wind.
MFA thesis performance at IMPACT Festival, May 2014. Performed with Bow-Ty Centanni and Troy Schafer.
35 min., incorporating live music, improvisational text, poetry and choreographed movement.
Dealing with grief, randomness, iconic roles in Pop culture and trans healthcare.
Performance for photograph. Artifact within Universal Donor, 2014.
The final choreographic sequence of the piece involved audience members. Pre-selected to act as pall bearers, they lifted the corpse-like body of the Pop-star-like performer and carried her around the space. They placed her down before the audience to take a curtain call, performers and participants joining hands. With Josh Hogland, Olive Stefanski, Chen Chen Yu and Kevin Sparrow.
Taking on the persona of a street preacher within a GLBTQIA+ friendly neighborhood in Chicago, this performance reinvents spirituality and evangelicalism within a queer context. The performer is there to sing, gesure to the heavens and endure degenerative disk disease.
A book on parakeets performing as Bible.
July 12th, 2014 at Side Project, Chicago. Part of HI typ/O Salon. I use the dinner table as a site for a traditional storytelling. A table setting, including two plates, two bowls, silverware, two glasses and a napkin are transformed into puppets and performative objects, as I narrate the story of Little Turtle. The story diverges from traditional modes by interweaving accounts of trans experience, comedy and sound art.
June 14th, 2014 at Tri-Triangle, Chicago.
For Wonka Ball, April 25th, 2015 at Moonlight Studies, Chicago. Interactive performance referencing Candy Darling in which participants remove a piece of candy from my body, slowly revealing my body beneath the costume. Originally I was going to tell a fortune with each piece of candy removed based upon simple cues I'd prepared and my developing intuition. But the vibe did not feel conducive to long exchanges. Audience members were disarmed, as it were, when I politely ask them, "Have you had a piece of me, yet" This was a reference to Candy's flirty personality and Warhol's cold abandonment of their friendship.