the work of erica larsen-dockray
CREATIVE DIRECTORS, PRODUCERS, AND COLLABORATING ARTISTS
ERICA LARSEN-DOCKRAY & CYBELE MOON
‘Threads and Trails: Contemplations of our Herstories’ is a three-part series based on research and self-investigation to seek understanding and elucidate connections to women of the past.
This series is directed and produced by Erica Larsen-Dockray and Cybele Moon. It builds on their previous works exploring reproductive issues where sculptural costuming, installation, projection, moving image and live performance intertwine.
Phase one was based on a singular contemporary artist (Moon), her connection to Slovakia, its oral history, traditions and textiles. Phase two broadens the scope to five women artists connecting their histories to the conquest of the American West and Indigenous dispossession. Phase three is currently in development as an open source virtual story collective generated by an extensive audience.
Artistry, Moving Image, Design, Pedagogy, Play
Erica Larsen-Dockray is an Animation and Media Artist, Entrepreneur, Educator, and Activist. She is an occasional adjunct faculty at her alma mater, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), in the Film/Video School’s Experimental Animation program. Erica’s class, The Animated Woman, was covered by the Associated Press and Agencia EFE, and featured in over 1,000 news outlets including the LA Times and the New York Times. Since 2011, Erica has been a teaching artist at Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles where she currently runs the Saturday animation courses.
In 2013 she founded the Calibraska Arts Initiative, a cross-cultural summer program bringing artists from California to her home state of Nebraska to teach multi-generational workshops in their métier. The initiative has the continued financial support of the Johnny Carson Foundation starting in 2017 and has since grown state wide offering a variety of camps in Lincoln, North Platte, and (Erica’s hometown) Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The Calibraska Arts Initiative has strong partnerships with Nebraska 4-H, the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, The West Nebraska Arts Center, Mid-Plains Community College, and many more!
Erica also is Co-Founding Director of SCV Adventure Play Foundation with her husband Jeremiah, creating play spaces for children and adults which facilitate and support self-directed and unstructured play. Erica has spoken at conferences, conventions and participated in panels across the nation including Equestria LA, The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts Discussions, The Association of Children’s Museums - Interactivity Conference, and the Foundations of Art, Theory, and Education Conference.
Her art practice includes hybrid installations consisting of varying elements such as painting, moving image, dance, theater, interactivity, and experimental projection. Her work has been shown domestically and internationally in cultural institutions such as the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Thymele Arts, Future Studio Gallery, the New Children’s Museum in San Diego and at the CalArts Expo and the Art Festival Kesenian Indonesia.
Her latest projects include collaborations with costume designer and textile artist Cybele Moon, creating performance pieces where textiles and projected animation and moving image become one. Spring 2018 marked their third collaboration, A Modern Woman’s Wit, creating an interactive installation at Wesleyan University’s Davison Art Center. Its second phase, Too Big for Her Britches will be exhibited at the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska in October 2020 to February 2021.
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