Charlotte Street Foundation identifies the needs and fuels the evolution of an ever-changing multidisciplinary arts ecosystem, acting as its primary provocateur. We cultivate the contemporary, the exceptional, and the unexpected in the practice of artists working in and engaging with the Kansas City Art Community
“The body is a location of mixed cultural messages, which perform and project lived experience via personal and socio-cultural histories.
Through satirical video-performance, I address the polemics of problematic messaging and performance, and in doing so, question the individual’s ability to reflect/deflect larger, potentially oppressive, physical lived historic and personal narratives.
I consider ways in which specific contemporary American language concerning physique informs and showcases how we think about the body as a process of perfection, rather than empowerment. By attempting to generate a “perfect” body, we are also attempting to generate a sense of a perfect nation, one in which there is plenty of room for failure.
In my work, I queer this notion through utilizing endurance, humor, linguistics, persona, and image as an ever-changing, failing, and evolving vulnerable constellation; that can evoke an alternative way of thinking about the body as a source of/for productive dissent and critical conversation around oppressive language and ideals concerning the normative body. ”