The Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards is a ten-year program undertaken by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in partnership with Creative Capital, to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding as a response to financial and funding challenges both unique to the performing arts and to each grantee. Launched in 2011, the Awards program supported individual artists in contemporary dance, theatre, jazz and related interdisciplinary work.
The Awards program is part of the larger Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative—a commitment on the part of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to recognize the potential of individual artists and insure their future viability, in the core fields of the performing arts supported by Doris Duke during her lifetime. Through the Performing Artists Initiative, the foundation’s Building Demand for the Arts program also supports at least 50 partnerships between artists and dance companies, theaters, presenting organizations, and/or select service organizations. Creative Capital maintains administrative, fiscal, and legal oversight of the Awards program. The Building Demand component of the Initiative is administered by the Arts Program at Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The core of my practice lies at the intersection of formal artifice and real life.
My work explores the emotional power of inanimate objects and puppets as bridges between the spoken and the mute, the live and the not so alive. The visual language of the performances and films suggests elliptical narratives and investigates issues of memory, loss, fear, mortality, power, transience, and the body. I work both conceptually and intuitively, often compelled by an image, an idea, a sound, a newspaper article, history, or a cultural artifact.
Puppets are the perfect vehicles for this investigation: they can be uncanny, confusing, durable, disposable, malleable, duplicitous, beautiful, ugly, scary, sublime, transcendent, or ambiguous. Using a spiral structure, a hieroglyphic visual/movement vocabulary, and merging projection with object performance, meaning is constructed through association; truth is elusive, and the questions are often between the layers.