Bug Fair at the LA Natural History Museum: May 15 & 16, 2010

May 15th, 2010 by vanessa | 0

Amongst the roaches, butterflies, and scorpions lining the tables of this weekend’s Bug Fair at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, you’ll see something on the macroscopic scale: large stuffed dust mite sculptures made out of re-claimed sweaters from second-hand stores.

Featured in a few of my previous installations and videos, the mites feel right at home this enthusiastic bug-centered event! I had a number of great conversations with bug experts and novices alike on Saturday. If in the LA area on Sunday, come check us out!

Bug Fair
May 15th: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
May 16th: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Free with museum admission
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Science Species Lab: An Interpretation of Natural Phenomena
April 17 to May 22, 2009

Apr 16th, 2009 by vanessa | 1

Science Species LabIf in the wine country of Northern California this month, come by to see Science Species Lab featuring ecology-themed installations created with Anneliese Vobis and Craig Dietrich!

Opening reception Friday, April 17th, 5-7 PM, at ArtSpace404, run by the great people of the Arts Council of Sonoma County.

Mad Science Lab Event, Friday, May 8th, 4-6 PM featuring vavarium creation, lint roller excavations, and home-made print and felt production workshops!

Freese Pop, December 12th to 17th

Dec 10th, 2008 by vanessa | 0

Come to downtown Bangor, Maine to see Freese Pop , an installation show featuring students of UMaine’s Intermedia Graduate Installation Seminar !


Mars Attacks Fragonard!, September 13th to October 4th

Sep 15th, 2008 by vanessa | 0

Come see Mars Attacks Fragonard! at the (106) Gallery, 106 S. Division, Grand Rapids, Michigan . This new show coincides with the three day International Sculpture Conference at the beginning of October in Grand Rapids, and combines elements of past installations Plot and Crystal World . Closing reception will be Friday, October 3rd from 6-10pm.

The show’s title was coined by Mel Andringa, director of CSPS | Legion Arts , describing my installation there in May ‘08 . Jean-Honoré Fragonard created the rococo painting "The Swing" in 1767 in which a young nobleman receives an interesting view up his lady’s skirt while she is pushed into a provocative position (delightfully loosing a slipper in mid air) by her priest. Mars Attacks! is a Tim Burton science fiction film from 1996.

U-Maine Graduate Installation Seminar Fall 2008 Overview

Sep 13th, 2008 by vanessa | Comments Off

This class will create conditions in which students evolve their conceptual and aesthetic installation skills with an eye on video/sound, ambient, interactive, performative, and site-specific installations. We will have hands-on experience in the production of installations while readings, field trips, media screenings, and discussions provide context.

Image: Marcel Duchamp, "Etant donnés", 1946-66.

Nitpickers, April 2nd extended to June 1st

Mar 27th, 2008 by vanessa | 0

Nitckpickers at Legion Arts | CSPS in Cedar Rapids.


Estonia: Impact 5

Nov 16th, 2007 by vanessa | 0

tallinn_bunny_combined1.jpgIn October 07 I was invited to participate on an International collaborative project and present at “Impact 5,” a biennial print conference held in a different country each year. I spent 8 days in Tallinn, Estonia and worked on a collaboration that was then presented to the public as an installation.


Oct 22nd, 2007 by vanessa | 2

img_2099.jpgHoping to be an agent of change in this world.. I am currently creating an ecology, an environment encompassing species that are synthetic, beautiful, and 100% composed of artifice. First round of material brainstorm: car headlining, fly trips, beads, Joanns fabrics treasures, shrunken sweaters, foam, foil stamping, and flocking. I hope to have the entire environment smell like Herbal Essences or Rainforest laundry detergent. More to come with a 50’s vintage feel and fantasy.


Sep 17th, 2007 by vanessa | 0

dsc00526.jpgIn the basement of the old International Center at the University of Iowa. Car headlining painted, burned, printed, and weathered. Clouds form when the dewpoint of water is reached in the presence of condensation. The Atmosphere is a dynamic system consisting of many types of clouds. At the same time, minerals occur naturally through geological processes. The site of “Cumulus” is warm and moist with a concrete echo that travels through the adjacent rooms.

(Re)Searching Translatability

Sep 17th, 2007 by vanessa | 0

dsc06124.jpgInstallation focusing on the relationships created by smell, food, fungus, and scale. The baked objects, containing flour / detergent / yeast / soap / ramen noodles, are hybrid experiments referencing mad science. They are treated as specimen, dissected, documented, and meticulously labeled to become abject microcosmic dissections. Much like a visual haiku, half a loaf of bread is positioned next to a gigantic fungus.

Alchemical Tree Fungus

Jun 14th, 2007 by vanessa | 0

d5.jpgAlongside my fiber work I am also interested in the alchemical potential of food. As a dollop of dough drops into the frying pan it spreads from the center outward and forms concentric rings. With each stroke of the spatula the edible disks are widened. In dry weather the pancakes become brittle and hard after several days. I dissected the disks and formed a wall installation wherein the dehydrated pancakes took on the pattern and shapes of tree fungus.

Crystal World

Jun 12th, 2007 by vanessa | 0

This project was very much inspired by my recent journey to Las Vegas where I saw a Cirque du Soleil show. This work is comprised of over 700 water-filled clear plastic bags, projectors, and mushroom-shaped lamps illuminating the ground, gave an otherworldly sense to the viewer. One was immersed in warmth and color reflections as the crystal-like drops, suspended from string, refracted light while slowly twirling around their fastened threads. During creation, the ritualistic activity of filling clear bags and binding them onto string gave way to repetition and focused precision. The recurring physical action located me in a serene state that was reflected by the installation’s peace and lightness.

Body Beasts

Jun 12th, 2007 by vanessa | 1

006.jpgBody Beasts was a multimedia investigation into the uncanny nature of dust mites. The research resulted in disjunctive relationships through shifts of scale and contexts. I explored dualities of sensual tactility and distrusting, fungal, and microscopic references, as I co-mingled disparate sentiments, such as repulsion and attraction, in single pieces. Because my work has a strong natural science overtone I explore viewer’s perception between inspecting vs. experiencing.