Headlands Center for the Arts

Genevieve Quick

california | interdisciplinary
Artist in Residence Program 2020—2021

VBC Artist Award Program 2021

Artist Statement

Through performance, sculpture, installation, and video, I employ science fiction to address Otherness, place, history, and the future. I exaggerate the displacement and alienation of diasporic identities into humorous and absurd intergalactic narratives that feature casts of fantastical characters—including an astronaut, scuba diver, narwhal, unicorn, living vases, cyborgs, and an Asianaut. As my work references popular culture through music, dance, and film, it merges the present—or recent history—with more ancient costumes, ceramics, and symbols in joyful and humorous worlds that affirm difference.

While at Headlands

While at Headlands I will create an installation that uses the graphics and spatial networks of maps and circuit boards to build a surreal narrative of place and displacement. Just as the film Tron imagined a world within a computer network, explorers studied maps to route their travels, and smartphone apps navigate us today, my work will explore scale shifts between the micro and macro, and time shifts between the historical and present. Viewers will encounter paths where interactive sculptural components trigger video and sound to create a fantastical narrative.

Selected Works

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