Stacy: You recently sent me a photo taken by Matt a few years ago at your house in Echo Park. How does it feel looking at that photo and thinking of our experience recording Life Wife? Kate: That photo definitely made me feel sentimental. It’s when my dog, Ladybug, was still alive, and before you … More The Life Wife Podcast, A Conversation with My Pal Kate Purdy!
Hi Buds, I’m starting a newsletter, or an e-zine, as you will. It’s basically my way of trying to beat corporate algorithms on social media and allow room for a more direct (intimate?) electronic way for us to communicate– sharing drawings and ideas I don’t want to post forever on the Internet at the moment. It’s … More New News . . . LETTER!
We are very pumped to share our film “Back to Abstraction” at the first ever Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival in Michigan! The Festival Director & Programmer is Jerry White Jr.– his documentary 20 Years of Madness premiered at Slamdance in 2015. You can also catch it on Amazon Prime and read more about it here. … More Vidlings & Tapeheads
I wrote something about in-between places, when I was somewhere in-between: The crashed minivan’s headlights will be on, pointing out, softly illuminating dust particles. Walking closer to the vehicle, you will realize it’s freshly abandoned. No cops in sight. No survivors to be found. Should we? Look at your husband. Keep going? A blonde … More New Orleans: A Travel Guide at Entropy
This one is about her husband. I heard this often. This one is about her husband. Just Kids, Patti Smith’s previous book about artist Robert Mapplethorpe, had me at the first page. It’s romantic and scrappy: an account of friendship before fame, sickness, and death. Her prose elevates a holy sense of specifics, this hard … More M Train by Patti Smith or How To Be Alone and In Love
Yesterday, I visited the permanent collection at MOCA Grand in LA and said “Hello” to certain favorites, most notably– Lee Krasner. I read the description provided. One line in particular resonated. “Through the act of painting, the artist endeavors to find herself.” This is why I love Krasner. Her strength is in this search for … More Screening at El Cid & Interview with KTG TALKS in the key of Lee Krasner
On January 17th at 8:00 pm, my pal Shauna McGarry and I are hosting a new film series at Echo Park Film Center! It’s called I PRESENT TWO and the premise is this– Each month, a local artist/filmmaker shows a new piece and presents two other works by artist/filmmakers that must be seen! Then, in the next … More I Present Two at Echo Park Film Center
This Saturday, I will present select drawings, paintings, and install our short film “Back To Abstraction” at this fun event– Imagine a magical party playground where all the strange, funny, and beautiful elements of art, comedy, magic, and music come to mingle… SUPER TIGHT–a show that gathers the perfect amount of each of these elements … More SUPER TIGHT at Cinefamily
Christine Stormberg is a force to be reckoned with. Tina Gallery, her latest project and namesake, has no rules and no formality. Tucked behind a Wacky Wacko storefront, run by fellow artists Peggy Noland and Seth Bogart, the whole enterprise feels like its own exhibition, playfully questioning the hierarchy of galleries, commerce, and performance. “I’m … More How Art Spaces Identify: A Spiritual Beckoning with Christine Stormberg at Tina Gallery
I have some great news. I was asked to be a part of this wonderful event — Nov 7th, 2016 / 7pm – 8:30 pm Women on the Verge at The Last Bookstore 453 S Spring St / Los Angeles, CA 90013 In celebration of the paperback launch of The Suicide of Claire Bishop, and … More Women on the Verge at The Last Bookstore
I was born in a whale, but the whale was dead, so I thought: okay. Let’s deal with this. I didn’t know how to push. I sat there for a while and considered the art. It’s maybe a miracle. The impulse to move. I thought I could do that. I waited. I tried again. It … More Whales
I’m very happy about the latest interview I did with Aya Cash and Kether Donohue of You’re The Worst for PAPER Magazine! These ladies are wonderful friends on screen and off. Their true spirit and genuine way of being in the world really comes out here as we discuss existential dilemmas, marriage, compromises, and the … More Interview with AYA CASH & KETHER DONOHUE at PAPER MAGAZINE!
I’m pretty excited to announce that “Mouth” (one of my comics) is featured over at The Rumpus today! This piece was made for and excerpted from “Back to Abstraction,” a short film that I developed with friends: Matthew Quezada, Kyle Klutz, R. Chett Hoffman, Patrick Wells, Tim & Wendy Pei-Sandburg, Penny Coghlan, Anthony Duran, … More “Mouth” featured over at The Rumpus
Perhaps these new collages can reverse our relationship with the culture of images from information back to the poetics. – Haphazard Gallery I’m thrilled to have new work up at Haphazard Gallery alongside these other lovely artists– Armand Brac, Arpi Agdere, Carl Warnick, Chandler McWilliams, George Porcari, Graham Moore, Luc Fierens, Tarrah Krajank, and Zach Collins! … More “This is Collage” at Haphazard Gallery
A few months ago, I started drawing a series of faux film movie posters inspired by life and fiction in Los Angeles. Each piece was conceived of and drawn in one day. First, while riding the bus from Echo Park to Downtown, I wrote the joke/concept in a notebook. Ideas were inspired by billboards, newspapers, … More PRINTS! PRINTS! PRINTS!
I need overheard conversations; this is often where I get my ideas. I take notes constantly. I turn snippets of language into drawings. Sentences or fragments get channeled through a process that sometimes takes years to become a drawing. Although I’m a pretty traditional artist in that I make drawings, landscape drawings, I don’t … More The Tragedy of Dylan McKay, A Conversation with Robyn O’Neil at Coronagraph
The story of Mannequin involves a woman from Ancient Egypt, named Emmy. The gods curse her as a thing, a mannequin, because she wants to marry for love not status. It’s a spell that lifts through time and lasts until 1987– when she meets Jonathan Switcher. He puts her together, literally, like he works at … More Memory Cinema: Mannequin (1987)
Dori’s apartment is compact and comfortable– sparse, practical, but still cozy. Pouring me a glass of water, she talks about different books that she’s reading. One is called The War of Art. I take a photo to remember it. I’m trying to get better at remembering. The book unpacks obstacles artists face– ambition, blocks, and other … More Studio Visit: Dori Scherer
In college, I worked on the literary magazine, reading submissions– one of which explored the desire of a man who wants to sleep inside his lover. Like, his whole body. And he does this. Somehow, he squeezes in a foot, then a leg, torso, and so on. To her, it’s not physically painful, just boring. … More Do Not Abandon Me
“When you make art, you’re just making the thing you like and then showing your mom.” – Eva Anderson, on relating La Mélancolie Des Dragons to the everyday creative life. I was happy to interview Eva Anderson (writer for You’re The Worst) over at Fanzine. Here, we discuss our thoughts on Art and Fear, completing … More “Let’s Ironically Move to Where Twin Peaks Was”: An Interview with Eva Anderson at Fanzine
In french, femme maison means woman house, the story of which starts with a woman who is neither just a house nor just a woman. She is just an everything: a builder of forts from the couch cushions, a maker of chicken with a side of potatoes, a seamstress of dresses, a cleaner of windows, … More feathery pillows (for Louise Bourgeois)
I did not want to go running at 7:30, but I forced myself to do so. It’s always a matter of should I write or run? Today, I opted for running. At least when I run, I feel as though I am accomplishing a certain level of health. Lately, I have not been feeling good … More E/YES That Can See You
I am honored to show/sell prints from my “Coming Soon” series at Kitchen Table Gallery for their Eyes & Ears event. I love love love love the intention behind the gallery. Located in Philadelphia, Kitchen Table Gallery functions as both a living space and a gallery. Louise ORourke was inspired to start KTG by an … More Eyes & Ears Part 2 at Kitchen Table Gallery
I love holiday time because I can kill two birds with one stone. Although, I don’t like killing birds in general, or throwing stones– I have a crooked arm and a love for feathery whistle noises. You get the idea– I can knock two balls out of the park with just one punch. Guys! Oh … More Artful Gift Guide
I need solitude to self-care. Not just a minute of solitude, but whatever time it takes to situate my spirit and get into a place where I can be inside my own version of bliss. To someone on the outside, when I’m having it the best way possible, it would look like a woman alone … More My Self-Care by Linda Lay
There are few days anymore that I long to be kissed and cuddled. Saturday, July 25th 2015, was one of those days. While parking my car outside LACMA, at 10:45am, I imagined the energetic presence of a lover in my passenger seat. Someone I would’ve spent the morning in bed with – fifty percent of … More My Experience Experiencing “The Clock” by Kate Purdy
Years ago, when I experienced a deep loss, my friend Richard Froude asked if there was anything he could do. I said, he could write me a story because his stories are so beautiful. Within the week, an envelope arrived with a saddle stitched chapbook made just for me. I read it every year– not … More Incremental Light, A Conversation Between Stacy Elaine Dacheux and Richard Froude at Dime & Honey
“For me, it’s always a detail—a detail that points to a larger thing. It can be text; it can be a quote. Bits of conversation. It’s always a glimpse. I start to imagine what it points to, and that’s when my imagination really goes. I don’t really want to know what the detail points to … More Bits of Conversation & The Mystery
The first is a first of firsts. I’m sweeping out all these old firsts. That’s right. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. The first first is a poem that Milk Magazine published in 2003. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. Enjoy!
The Awl published my interview with Nicholson! Please give it a read! We discuss Nicholson’s book, Cruise’s contributions as an actor, the complexity of being both pleasing & proving, the tricky perception of greatness, plus empathy.
Stacy Elaine Dacheux: Yi and Adrienne, I was so happy to spend the afternoon at LACMA with you. Lately, I have been feeling stagnant, frustrated, or just emotionally tense . . . so, it was just what I needed. As soon as we entered the Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada exhibit, my body relaxed. Stacy (con.t): … More Three Friends Walk into LACMA’s Noah Purifoy Exhibit – Yi Sheng & Adrienne Walser Edition
“The longer we listen to one another – with real attention – the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another life stories and not simply opinions.” — Barbara Deming Last night, we walked down Western Ave, up a flight of stairs and … More Observation as a Form of Listening
“All you have in comedy, in general, is just going with your instincts. You can only hope that other people think that what you think is funny is funny. I don’t have an answer but I just try to plough straight ahead.” – Will Ferrell When I was fifteen, my boyfriend was funny in a … More A New Stand-Up Show!
At the party, a woman in a silky dress makes conversation, “Hey, have you seen that show Halt & Catch Fire?” “No.” I respond, shoving my mouth full of gluten-free things that look like chips. A man in a fedora joins us. “It’s a hot show about computers.” He says, “It’s sexy.” The crackers congeal … More A LiveJournal Blog Entry by Stacy Elaine Dacheux
I recently collaborated with Danielle Sommer on an interactive art project. What I love most about this piece is the experience of spending time with a new friend. Through art-making I was able to hear and learn more about Danielle’s life and perspective. We met almost every day, in the hot hot heat, and painted … More Intermittent Dialogues at Monte Vista Projects
“Just as a midwife helps a being take their first breath, you help a being take their last breath. To be there fully requires being deeply grounded in compassion and love. Compassion, in this instance, is just both of you becoming who you are together–like the right hand taking care of the left hand.” – … More New Publication in Enter>Text: 3 Years
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau I recently wrote about unconventional foraging for Atlas Obscura. It’s amazing how one small pitch quickly turns into an obsession. The more I researched the topic and interviewed naturalists, the less strange … More Foraging Ahead
I reviewed E! Entertainment by Kate Durbin for Fanzine. Here, I explore Durbin’s captivating text in relation to Kim Kardashian as a modern day Patty Hearst, reality television & Stockholm Syndrome, Marshall McLuhan, cults, mediums, and other alternative realities. Give it a read and share your thoughts, then consider picking Durbin’s book up over at … More The Latest from Kate Durbin or How Kim Kardashian Is a Contemporary Patty Hearst
Danielle Sommer and I are crafting something up for the latest ENTER>text event! I am a huge fan of what Henry and Marco do, so I’m honored they invited us along to present new work with a group of super rad artists/writers. Details below! PRESS RELEASE: Things are different up here. We can’t quite … More ENTER>text: in the Air at GuestHaus
Stacy Elaine Dacheux: I’ve been thinking about our conversation after the Urs Fischer exhibit a ton– especially regarding your comments on “emotional truth” as a certain valuable fact: this concept of trust as it relates to our past and identity– how we trust our former perspectives or how we trust our stories that stay after … More Two Friends Walk into a Urs Fischer Exhibit – Matt Quezada and Stacy Elaine Dacheux Edition
Last January, around the same time an arsonist was putting bombs in people’s cars, a decapitated head was found on a hiking trail a few blocks from my house. I don’t think of myself as a city person– LA does that to you sometimes– there’s enough rolling strip malls and hiking spots to make you … More Where There Once Was a Body
“Painting from nature is not copying the object, it is realizing one’s sensations.” – Paul Cezanne I am admittedly not the best verbatim sketch artist. My drawings always end up looking like monsterous versions of the original. For instance, just drawing a little boy gets boring to me– I want to draw him old and … More Frequency Meets Volume or Translation
So, last weekend, I set up my future portrait studio at Concord for ENTER>text. Why a future portrait, you might ask? Here is my answer. What was the experience of taking future portraits like, you might ask? Here is a quick recap of the night—