Liss LaFleur’s work often originates with the artist creating extensions of the body - her body or spectrally absent bodies - as props for performances exploring how history, language, and expectations work to inscribe identity into (or out of) existence. Through these prosthetics, surrogates, appendages, LaFleur endeavors to “fabricate feminism,” questioning how expressions of feminist ideals can be iterated through physical forms. These fabrications as artistic propositions ask viewers to imagine how equality is tied up in and carried through objects that are consumed, navigated, worn, formed and reformed through repeated use. LaFleur activates these objects not just through their use (or their use of her as performative actor), but through the the written or implied discourses that give them contingent meaning. In situating her practice within a rich history of feminist art making, particularly art employing the artist’s body, LaFleur provides opportunities to play with and contest the histories and meanings that otherwise circumscribe queer bodies. -Tucker Neal
Liss LaFleur (born 1987) uses video, glass, and performance to examine representations of queerness and the future of feminism. Her artwork has been exhibited and screened extensively including presentations at the TATE Modern, Cannes Court Métrage, PBS, the Reykjavik Art Museum in Iceland, and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in South Korea. She has lectured at SXSW, the College Art Association (annually), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the MIT Media Lab, among others. Her recent residencies include the National Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, and an upcoming Immersive Scholar Residency funded by the Mellon Foundation at North Carolina State University.
LaFleur was born into a family of creative figures outside Houston, Texas; her grandfather was one of the first public radio hosts in the south: her grandmother, a beloved opera singer: and her mother, a glass artist. She holds an MFA in Media Art from Emerson College, and currently serves as the Program Director and Assistant Professor of New Media Art at the University of North Texas.