Baring Witness in Santa Fe photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Women Baring Witness 2003

I’ve been a “peace nik” since my high school days, when I canvassed my Republican neighborhood in protest of the Vietnam War. (Results: Fail. I don’t think I changed a single mind.)

Years later, my activism and my performance art instincts came together when a friend of mine, Carolyn Lee, organized a naked “peace in” in Santa Fe, NM. (Photo by Jennifer Esperanza.) Read more

I am Maui - Body Printing Community Art

Call for Figures & Quotes: Maui Community Art Project

ART OPENING & INSTALLATION

Monday, July 9, 2018
6-7 pm – Artist Remarks at 6:30 pm
Sip Me
7 Ka‘ahumanu Ave, Kahului, Maui
Free and open to all

Scroll down to see photos from the event and read a few comments.


I’ve been noodling on this idea for several months and am going to just share it out loud and see where it goes. (I’ve updated this post to feature the preliminary canvas we’ve created! The original blue canvas was by Yves Klein, the French artist who is credited with bringing body printing to the art world.)

I am inspired by the early body print paintings of Yves Klein, a prominent and controversial French artist, that were created in the early 1960’s.

I’m also inspired by this question: Who are You? Read more

Free Hugs Campaign at LAX

37 Hugs for 37 Strangers, 1989

With hindsight in my hands, I now think of this experience as my first ‘performance art’ piece. I had been studying the scientific benefits of touch when I traveled to New York City to run a 5K race at midnight on New Year’s Eve in 1989. It was also my birthday and I wanted to do something wild and weird to celebrate it.

So, I committed to roaming the streets, offering free hugs to anyone who would like one, aiming for 37 hugs to 37 strangers on my 37th birthday. At the time, NYC was quintessentially “New York,” aka as far from touchy-feely California as I could get. My Manhattan friends’ offered dire warnings for my safety. “It’s dangerous to get so up close and intimate with strangers in New York!” Read more

Energy Chairs by Roxanne Darling

Energy Chairs, 2016

An Interactive Installation

Original Artist Statement:

I am very interested in the exchange of energy, especially as it relates to the creation and experience of art. This piece gives the gallery visitors numerous opportunities to give and receive energy in the presence of the art. I have created an energetic space, to offer two “director” chairs, one each for directing the energy of giving and the energy of receiving.

The chairs are not fixed but are meant to be arranged by the visitor to create an experience with another visitor (itself an act of art) or to engage with the art in the gallery from the perspective of “receiving insights” or “giving appreciation” as an example. Read more