BriAnna Rosen of Killjoy Collective.
An interview with artist and founding member of Killjoy Collective, highlighting their art space which has been showcasing artists who identify as women in Southeast Portland since 2016.
When did Killjoy Collective start and what's the inspiration behind it?
Killjoy Collective started in late 2016 and was founded by a group of artists from the MFA in Visual Studies Class of 2016 at PNCA. After going through the rigorous program, it was decided (after many discussions between the artists, mentors, and visiting art professionals) to form a collective after realizing the six of us shared a similar vision of advancing women, women-identifying, LGBTQ+ artists in the art world.
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A Melon Baby's Falsetto Sounds Better in the Bathroom
Amy Chiao's art installation and performance piece is partially about Vitas, a real-life Russian popera singer who has a large, rabid following in China. Vitas covers Russian and Chinese Communist anthems, and his songs are frequently covered by Chinese musicians. His falsetto can reach otherworldly heights—to Americans, he's best known for a viral video in which he wears futuristic Lycra and warbles his high-pitched voice like a turkey call. In Chiao's show, Vitas also inspires the production of weaponized watermelon babies.
“I’ve always hated people calling my work ‘weird.' Oftentimes, the word is used because someone doesn’t want to understand what it is.”
"It makes like a kissing sound. You can also pick it up," says Chiao as she uses a plunger to lift a watermelon out of the toilet that will hold the fruit in her new show, A Melon Baby's Falsetto Sounds Better in the Bathroom.