A few months ago, I started drawing a series of faux film movie posters inspired by life an 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—
My friend Adrienne picks me up from my house and we go to the art museum. I am not feeling well, I tell her. My body is tight. My mind is tight. I strap the seat belt on and strangely feel better—to be held by a vehicle, to smell the musty upholstery. We roll the… More A Hate That Erupts In Public