Raggedy Ann to Real Doll

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Raggedy Ann to Real Doll is a performance-installation I created at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, June 8th, 2016 as part of Irrational Exhibits 9.  In Raggedy Ann to Real Doll, I am examining how we negotiate our idea of personal identity in an ever-shifting landscape of technologies that can drastically alter and re-map the body by dissecting what is just beneath the surface of our collective preoccupation for physical perfection. Transforming the storefront window of LACE into an operating theatre, I performed experimental cosmetic procedures, encouraging viewers to interact with one of America’s most beloved dolls as she went under the knife. Projected video and the remote voyeurism of live stream provided multiple onsite and virtual opportunities for spectatorship, with the possibility to experience from the sidelines of the gallery, externally through the windows, or directly engage in the surgery.