Theatre Arts & Performance Studies

Biography

As a performance artist, my work has explored care, animacy, and desire as they function in the context of queerness and disability. For many years, my complementary scholarly interests were built upon investigations of enabling objects and actions; technologized, roboticized, and transpeciated bodies and selves; animacy and animal intimacy; and worldmaking in the online forums and livestream channels that once served as the primary platforms of my work. My practice has embodied these concerns through a material and conceptual engagement with captive marine mammals, silicone Dolls, and networks of care that emerge within the silicone Doll community. More recently I have turned my focus toward exploring sites of belonging and protection that simultaneously function as spaces of violent exclusion, and, along with my collaborator, Davecat, toward exploring the way sexual racism functions in the silicone Doll community. I am currently interested in exploring how Dolls are racialized by those who market them and those who live with them, Dolls as an embodiment of disability, and how romantic pairings between human beings and object beings might challenge our understandings of consent in historical and contemporary juridical frameworks and in feminist consent discourse.

I hold an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Studio Arts, 2006) and have been a recipient of a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Artist Community Engagement Grant and a Franklin Furnace Fund Grant. I currently teach in the sculpture department of Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI) and have recently taught in the sculpture departments of Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA), Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD), and Purchase College, SUNY (Purchase, NY). From 2007 to 2008 I was live on air as an Assistant Host / Producer on Chicago Public Radio’s, Vocalo, and from 2014 to 2018 I was a registered carousel operator in the state of New York.