My work deals with encounters between people. The urgency, excitement, and awkwardness of human interactions drive my questions about gender, race, class, and activism. I create live art work, sometimes using masks or doing re-enactments of real events because they allow me to border between reality and theatricality, the staged and the documented. Masks let me become invisible thus making me more visible to people who would otherwise disregard my presence because I am a woman of color. Re-enactments allow me to examine the dialouge of looking and I become both the observer and observed. My projects happen mostly in public and are initiated from a documentary impulse where everything accidental and local becomes setting and character. I adjust to any given circumstances and see the space surrounding me as an extension of the fleeting relationships I develop with people who interact with me.
I have exhibited at Mount Holyoke College’s Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, Raritan Community College, Masur Museum of Art, the Peekskill Arts Festival, Samuel Dorsky Museum at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Hunter College Gallery, Lower East Side Festival of the Arts and The University of Rhode Island. Awards include: Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Art and Law Residency 2010, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art 2007-08, Chashama Visual Arts Award, Research Associateship at Mount Holyoke College, and Arts Council Korea International Artist Residency in 2009 at Stone and Water Gallery in Anyang, South Korea. I’ve participated in Art in Odd Places, Jamaica Flux 2010 at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, and the 2nd Latin American Biennial. I have a BFA from New York University and an MFA from the State University of New York. www.aliciagrullon.com