Performance Art and Installations
The 1980s was a fabulous time for performance artists. We loved it. Life was less complicated, less expensive and we were all much younger. Tree Weavings was the first. It was at the old federal courthouse park in downtown Santa Fe. I worked mostly in my studio, creating large pieces that included hand-dyed rayon and long strands of sequins. Later, with the help of friends, I draped the woven pieces in the trees to create a surreal environment where we staged a fashion show of my wearable pieces. After TW was Camera Nargis, an installation in a large downtown shop window. My passion had always been theatre-so I loved performing in the window. The set and costume included a tall aluminum ladder, black plastic, gauze, mylar and photocopies of images and words. After Camera Nargis I worked on a performance in the same window, titled Fakery Bakery, featuring Alan Harp's papier mache pies and cakes. Next was Trashique, our answer to tres chic. It began as a small performance of about six artist friends I had convinced to create garments from what everybody else was throwing out. It quickly became a yearly happening, which we staged from 1983-1987. About fifty artists participated in the final saga/event. After Trashique there were three other performances - Fashion Victims, Designer Diner and Off the Runway, which seemed to signal the end of an era.