I was awarded a 2021 Arts Incubator Residency by Cornish College of the Arts to further the experimentation and development of "The Phoenix." The residency happened October 25-November 7, 2021 in their black box theater at the Seattle Center. My team of artists were Abby Enson (dance), Christopher Overstreet (music and tech genius) and Patricia Toovey (costume design). The photos and video clips on this website will give you some reference for the performance video we created during our residency.
“The Phoenix” is an art dance that is part of my photography exhibition “Rodin’s Photographer.” This movement piece is based on a night dream I had, my ongoing research into the dancers who inspired sculptor Auguste Rodin, and a desire to work in collaboration with a dancer.
It is intriguing to work “The Phoenix” dream into a moody, gothic stage performance, and seeing what transpires through photography, lighting, projected video, dancing, costumes and music.
“The Phoenix” is about a relationship of sorts between the Unknown Photographer’s spirit (the assistant) and her soul (the dancer Stella Rosa).
In my photo narrative "Rodin's Photographer," I take on the role of the Unknown Photographer (in photo below), who worked with Rodin in the late 1800s. Within this conceptual theme — presented as reinterpretations of these “discovered” turn of the century artist’s photographs — I intertwine historical research and fiction to create an unexpected guide into the world of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin.