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voni (NYC)

18 August – 15 September 2017

voni’s IGAMEW FRINKATWO! is a multi-media exploration of play involving paintings, drawings, soft sculptures, performance, found objects and film. The installation is influenced by Donald Winnicott’s psychoanalytic theories on playing which he outlines in a collection of essays entitled Playing and Reality (1971).

The opening night of IGAMEW FRINKATWO! hosted a performance of Sims-like living dolls, curated by voni and involving local emerging artists.

“To be able to play is to be free. It's a gift to be able to enter a space where you are not under any influence yet you are able to fly effortlessly through the vast and complex terrain of your own mind. Every second we are forming new simultaneous thoughts, like dripping water - the thoughts connect into one stream, or race side by side at different paces, or branch out in opposite directions and the whole time we are not even aware of this - this is the wonder of play. I was not only inspired by this condition, but paradoxically, in order to make each piece, I had to transition into the very interstitial space which was the subject matter of the work.” -voni

Igamew Dolls

18th August, 2017, live performance, duration 2 hours

Pom Tunnel – Cynthia Schwertsik

Mother’s Picnic Dress – Greta Wyatt

Ribbon Sack – Cayleigh Davies

Frinkatwo! Apron – Courteney Cox

Swinging Toy Dress – Sair Bean

voni is an New York city based multi-disciplinary artist that translates non-visible constructs of human condition into visual material. Prior to her tertiary education, voni’s work was heavily concentrated in painting and drawing. Over the years, her practice has grown to include soft sculpture, fashion sculpture, film and installation. She currently lives and works in New York City while also pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design. In 2017, she released her first capsule collection at a New York runway show. She has also exhibited in group shows at Parsons Gala, Main Street Gallery, 524 West 26th Street, and Greenpoint Gallery. Her work has been featured in publications such as FLASH magazine.

Images by Christopher Arblaster.