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As an extension of her video screening and performance in the Dirty Looks, NYC program at Pleasure Dome, Narcissister is pleased to offer her first-ever workshop. Informed by her own practice, the workshop will investigate what it means to mask ourselves, to disguise ourselves to the point that a radical physical transformation takes place. Narcissister will initiate discussions and pose questions about what it means on personal, societal, political, and spiritual levels not only to mask ourselves, but also to de-mask ourselves. Participants are asked to bring the masks and costumes that define their alternate personae. There will be opportunities for verbal and performative expression. Participants will be photographed as their personae for an on-going photo-project. The workshop will begin with a presentation of Narcissister’s body of work.
Narcissister says of her performance technique, “My performances re-figure narcissism through radical acts of self love. Using a mask and a handful of merkin, I play with the limits of burlesque, masquerade and performance art.”
Narcissister is a Brooklyn-based artist and performer. Her formative dance training took place at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Among her professional highlights was being selected to perform with the Alvin Ailey Company in Memoria, one of Ailey’s seminal pieces, touring Europe as a dancer in a German rock-opera and performing in industrial work for Mercedes Benz.
In addition to her performance work, Narcissister works in many other creative media including contemporary quilting, collage, sculpture, printmaking and photography. She has participated in studio residencies including The Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and the Art in General Eastern European Residency Program. In addition, her work has been included in group shows and media publications. Narcissister has also worked extensively as a commercial artist, designing window displays and working as a stylist and art director.
The Narcissister performance project integrates her prior experience as a professional dancer with her current visual and commercial art practices. Narcissister has been receiving much recognition as an outstanding artist and performer through the written word, invitations, and awards. Her art film “The Self-Gratifier” won an award for “Best Use of a Sex Toy” at The 2008 Good Vibrations Erotic Film Festival. In April 2009 she was awarded a Backstage Magazine “Bistro Award” for Outstanding Vaudeville/Burlesque Performance, a category created especially to honor Narcissister’s performance work.
In addition being a featured performer at The Box NYC, Narcissister has presented live work at Deitch Projects, Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, and Anna Kustera Gallery, and has starred in and curated performance shows at Santos Party House and The Zipper Factory. Her art videos have been included in gallery shows and film festivals worldwide. In Spring 2009, Narcissister co-starred in “All Made Up: Fauxnique/Monique Jenkinson and Narcissister,” a performance art show at The New Museum in New York. In Spring 2010, she workshopped “This Masquerade,” an evening-length piece at The Kitchen. She remounted “This Masquerade” at Abrons Art Center in Winter 2011. Narcissister was a re-performer of Marina Abramovic’s Luminosity piece as part of the groundbreaking retrospective “The Artist is Present” at MoMA.
Narcissister is also developing an international following. In Spring 2009 she was invited to present an evening length solo show as part of the Music Biennale in Zagreb, Croatia. She has presented work at Chicks on Speed’s Girl Monster Festival in Hamburg, Germany, at the Edgy Women Festival in Montreal, and at “The Festival of Women” in Ljubljana, Slovania. She also presented work at Warehouse 09, Copenhagen’s first live art festival, and at “Bordel Des Arts,” a performance series at Lucas Carrieri gallery in Berlin.
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photo Untitled (pink nails), Narcissister, 2012 (c-print 40 x 30 inches edition of 2) from Narcissister Is You exhibition, 2013, Envoy Enterprises, New York
photo Untitled (gold earrings), Narcissister, 2012 (c-print 40 x 30 inches edition of 2) from Narcissister Is You exhibition, 2013, Envoy Enterprises, New York
photo Untitled (blue suit), Narcissister, 2012 (c-print 40 x 30 inches edition of 2) from Narcissister Is You exhibition, 2013, Envoy Enterprises, New York 2012
photo Untitled (diamond necklace), Narcissister, 2012 (c-print 40 x 30 inches edition of 2) from Narcissister Is You exhibition, 2013, Envoy Enterprises, New York