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Stacey Kirby
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

My performative interactions set within site-specific installations utilize bureaucratic forms, postures and language in vintage office environments to engage participants in questions around civil authority. By using humor and satire to reinvent the bureaucratic process, I elicit diverse dialogue about identity, community and human rights. I create performance spaces that allow for openness and exploration inspiring interactions in traditional and alternative spaces relevant to the arts and civil authority. My installations draw upon aesthetics of public sector environments rooted in slow-moving systems of communication in various forms of overlap and contrast with current fast-paced virtual technologies. My work evolves with the physical and historical setting, the political climate and participants’ involvement at each location. Through my work,I arm participants with pencils and paperwork for their own written responses regarding their rights and the laws affecting their freedoms.

www.stacey-kirby.com

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