Many of you have the art of Narcissister in your homes and you may or may not know it…
In January, the London-based gallery Art Vinyl, revealed the results of their competition to find the best vinyl/CD sleeve of 2008. Among the results was Santogold by Santogold (now Santigold). The designer of that album art is the woman we honor today— Narcissister.
We’ve honored many creative ladies since the start of our Women Making History series but it’s safe to say that Narcissister is unlike any lady we’ve featured before.
Before she called herself Narcissister, she was a professional modern dancer. Her most formative training took place at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Among her professional highlights was performing with the 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 has worked in many other creative media including contemporary quilting, collage, sculpture, printmaking, and her most recent medium of photography. She has participated in multiple studio residencies and her work has been included in group shows and media publications. To earn her living, Narcissister works as a commercial artist, designing window displays and working as a stylist and art director.
This lady’s creativity is explosive and we have a lot more of it to share with you after the jump, including more from the Santigold project, a survey, Q&A and shots from her performance projects..one being a NSFW image...Jump!
Behind the mask that transforms her into the Dada-esque Narcissister…
Narcissister’s performance projects represent an exciting creative endeavor that integrate her prior experience as a professional dancer with her current visual and commercial art practices. In addition being a featured performer at The Box NYC, she has presented work in the popular Weimar New York and Tingle Tangle shows, at The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Deitch Projects, Joe’s Pub, and at many of New York’s most popular performance venues. In Spring 2009, Narcissister will perform in London with The Torture Garden, at the Music Festival Zagreb in Croatia, and at The New Museum in New York.
Shots from one of Narcissister’s performance projects:
…and now a fun look at Narcissister via the survey below:
Q&A with the creative force that is Narcissister:
YOKO ONO, LOUISE BOURGEOIS, YAYOI KUSAMA FOR THEIR IMMENSE CREATIVITY AND LONGEVITY.
MURRAY HILL’S MISS GALAPAGOZONGA AMATURE BURLESQUE CONTEST, WHICH I WON. IT WAS MY FIRST NARCISSISTER PERFORMANCE EVER!
MY “I’M EVERY WOMAN” PERFORMANCE PIECE.
4. Who do you want to (work with, dress, make music with, etc)?
KAREN O, MARINA ABRAMOVIC, GRACE JONES, WILLIAM POPE L. TO NAME A FEW
5. What part of creating you performance pieces is the most challenging and do you dislike the most?
REHEARSING DURING THE WINTER MONTHS IN MY COLD LOFT!
Below are a few more images Narcissiter created for the Santogold by Santogold project:
…and a few more performance shots by Narcissiter:
This is only a small profile on Narcissister. This lady has a lot more art, photography videos and more on her website Narcissister.com! Definitely take a look at that site…her creativity left me in awe!
- Narcissister in the City: All Made Up
- Santigold Interview on Visions of Visionaries
- Tokion Creativity Now Conference
- *All that Glitters is Gold*
- Women Making History: XiaoChuan Xie