About

Whitney Vangrin is an artist living in New York, working across mediums with an emphasis in performance and sculpture. Equal parts physical and psychological, her performances question perceptions of authenticity, creating works that hinge upon reality and simulation while making allusions to film, ritual, and folk traditions.

The manipulation of anatomy plays a major role across my performance and its sculptural elements. The body is fragmented by way of live feed manipulation and the use of practical effects. The lens of the live feed camera distorts the figure via the use of the close-up. The motif of the double is visited by way of making prosthetic clones of the body. The isolation of limbs, organs, and bodily fluids emphasizes the vulnerability of our bodies. Each part of the body tells its own history of pain, violence, and loss. Conversely the body fragmented is also a source of recovery. The body merges with video projection and forms of wax,plastic, sugar and dough, and becomes an entity that is ever-shifting and evolving.

Vangrin's performances contained nods to highly stylized cinematic forms and channel the performances of the iconic heroines found in the genres of science fiction,thriller, drama and horror. Each performance wavers between sincerity and melodrama, pursuing a desire to blur the lines between representation and life. Vangrin seeks to embrace the ambiguities that exist between being and wanting to be, and the rich production of myth and image that comes from that.

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