The Frye Art Museum exhibition showcases Degenerate Art Ensemble’s more than 10- year span of brilliance here in Seattle and all over the world! You’ll find films of many of their performances, handmade instruments, installations, my costume and others including the “Weeble Wobble dress, as well as Steven Miller’s incredible work on many of DAE’s posters (two of which I had the pleasure of working on!). Join in their fantasy world of –(to quote the Frye website)”…an array of warrior princesses, ninjas waging epic battles, hungry ghosts, birds and beasts-shape shifters all”.
image: Bruce Tom of “The Slug Princess” installed at the Frye Art Museum
I’ve had the great privilege of getting to collaborate with Haruko Nishimura of DAE on two different characters, the one now on display at the Frye, my Slug Princess from our collaborative film project with Ian Lucero, “The Silvering Path”, and also a character called “Shiro” from their production of “Sonic Tales” in 2009.
I also had this mad idea that I would make the dress form for the museum exhibit because I hate the way my wearables look on the standard commercial dress dummies. Check out the hilarious picture of Haruko wrapped in duct tape! She is such a sport and so mischievously funny!
The final form is paper mache with a coating of pages from a 1940’s romance novel…somehow appropriate for the slug princess of erotic appetite and DAE’s love of story.
Don’t miss the show if you are in Seattle, and check out this review in the Seattle Times! Their newest production, “The Red Shoes” sold out in hours….well-deserved for these Seattle icons! I wish them all strength for the final two shows, as they perform a massive multi-sited fairy tale around the city that is their home.
And here’s a recent post on my inspiration blog “A Quickening” about Haruko and the creation of DAE’s new production “Red Shoes”.