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single, in a relationship
College / University
CalArts and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Performance, Photography
I am...
interested in the ways I assume the position of the advertiser in my work.

I'll never have a dick.
As a woman I am lack and so I take pleasure in what I do not have.
What is missing as sublime.
Unapologetic vulnerability and aggression are my strap on.

Desire cannot be satisfied.
It is the memory of the missing thing.
We may enjoy desire itself.
About my artwork
In the spring of 2009 (the Italian fashion house) Missoni printed an eleven-page catalog for their high-end “Estate” line. The only words used were “Missoni” on the front cover and an address on the rear. The theme was a beach scene without a sea, photographed in a studio. The photographs were heavily retouched. Details such as armpit shadows, lines on the palm of the hands and even pores were removed, resulting in exquisite and inhuman models.

Denise Prince’s replications of the images substitute models with evidence of physical trauma due to accident, birth defect, or illness. Her aim is to point to what is left out of the commercial conversation of fashion photography. Namely, that we leak, we bleed, we die (corpses will also be included as models).

Prince is also interested in the ways she assumes the position of the advertiser. Her exploitation of the appearance of her models, her desire for profit or gain and her design to heighten illusion are activities of object formation. In the end, the work reveals the complex structure and subtext of desire within advertising.

After each individual is photographed for the catalog replication they are asked to "claim the space" by doing what they would choose to do. At this point, many of the models signify their desire to continue to function as an object in the clearest possible terms by assuming easily identifiable modeling poses. Each individual is also photographed in unprepared or unguarded moments. Lighting is not changed and other technical and commercial elements take a secondary role. The resulting myriad of gestures continue to point to the construction of representation by revealing the models as human beings and the set up in ways that point to illusion.

Prints will be seven feet on their longest end. Printed catalogs with replications of the twelve images will be constructed to the specifications of the original.
Artists I like
Pina Bausch, Theo Jansen, Petah Coyne -particularly her "Untitled #978 Gertrude and Juliana (The Whitney Women)", Andrea Bowers, Zhang Huan except for the bestiality, Dan Flavin, etc.
The possibility for human beings to embody divinity. Gardening. Intuition. Cooking. Travel. China. Tennis. Preservng the landscape and surfer culture in Point Dume, CA.
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
Fabián Bercic's Zen Garden at the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; Olafur Eliasson's Waterfalls; END GAME - British Contemporary Art from the Chaney Family Collection at the MFA in Houston, Texas; and William Cordova, Oliver Lutz and Marcos Ramirez Erre at Artpace, San Antonio
Centre of the artworld:
nowhere and everywhere

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New performance piece - also on my website http://www.deniseprince.com

Intimate Distance/ Adulterer is a performance that uses emotional honesty to speak about shifting identity and the possibilities for intimacy after experiences of significant upheaval. It also considers the possibility that honoring all human behavior is integral to the state of being whole.

A woman wearing a nightgown stands inside a seven foot translucent inflatable ball. She tells the unqualified story of having had an affair and the destruction of her marriage. She also expresses… Continue

Posted on October 18, 2008 at 6:15

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At 0:47 on November 23, 2011, ARTStap International said…

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At 21:19 on October 14, 2011, Denise Prince said…

thank you for taking the time to look. I'm glad you like it. cheers

At 20:50 on October 14, 2011, Al Hatter said…
I am impressed with your art Denise, congratulations..
At 7:08 on August 9, 2010, ridwan rau rau said…
wow amazing work have a nice day tanks
At 20:18 on May 30, 2010, mike hinc said…
I like your work. Thanks.
At 13:10 on September 8, 2008, Ali Honarvar said…
love your art works
At 6:25 on September 7, 2008, mike hinc said…
Really enjoyed your images and would like to see more. Couldn't get beyond the splash page of www.deniseprince.com - is the error mine?
At 17:14 on August 30, 2008, Diana sellers said…
Love you photos,,... Hi, I live near Branson, Missouri,,, home of all the old x nashville stars and Hollywood has beens!!! Am in love with a Texan!!! You go girl!!!

At 18:16 on August 29, 2008, Denise Prince said…
The life is great here. That is what is great about Austin. I think the scene is better in many other cities. I've always said if I can live here and travel then that's the best solution. I think the scene here is great just small. Marfa is interesting and unique, Houston is the best in TX and even San Antonio might be stronger if you're thinking TX. Keep in touch!
At 18:08 on August 29, 2008, George McClements said…
Beautiful, thought provoking work. Are you located in Austin. A friend just moved there and is impressed with the art scene. I am looking to make a move from LA in the near future, is the scene there as good as it seems


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