Karen Finley & Violet Overn
Karen Finley is an artist, performer, and author. Born in Chicago, she attended the Art Institute of Chicago and received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Working in a variety of mediums such as installation, video, performance, public art, visual art, memorials, music, and literature, she has performed and exhibited internationally. Finley is interested in freedom of expression concerns, visual culture, and art education and lectures, and gives workshops widely. She is the author of eight books, including her latest Reality Shows, published by Feminist Press in 2011. Her recent work includes Artist Anonymous – a self-help open meeting for those addicted to art, Written in Sand, a performance of music and her writings on AIDS, Open Heart, a Holocaust memorial at Camp Gusen, Austria; Broken Negative, where Finley reconsiders her infamous chocolate performance that brought her to the Supreme Court; and Sext ME if You Can, where Finley creates commissioned portraits inspired by “sexts” received from the public. A recipient of many awards and grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, she is an arts professor in Art and Public Policy at New York University.
Violet Overn is a recent graduate from New York University, where she studied filmmaking and studio art. In her video work, she often creates installations that combine sculptural elements with the moving image. Her latest work focuses on the objectification of women and how we view/display our memories. Violet prefers to exhibit her work in public space. Her most recent installation, Public Displays of Affection, was shown in the window displays of the Skirball Center. She is also very interested in production design and costume design, and has constructed many sets for film shoots.