The Polka Dot Princess’s Fear of the Phallus

This story originally appeared in Dirge Magazine on April 7, 2017.  The retrospective exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s artwork currently on display at Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum showcases a 6-decade career hallmarked by obsessive, mind-bending repetitions of patterns and immersive viewer experiences. The exhibition has turned into a social media sensation. An Instagram selfie in a Kusama infinity room such…

Doll Part Art: Visual Feasts Made of Plastic Bodies

This story originally appeared in Dirge Magazine on Jan. 26, 2017.  Barbie body harvesters are turning your favorite childhood toys into unnerving and unforgettable works of art. Dolls placed into scenes of sin and sexuality create disarming juxtapositions. Detached, neatly contoured limbs and severed, big-eyed heads make an uncanny valley torture chamber. Scroll down and feast your…

Why Visual Art Keeps Invading My Fiction

I rebelled by being conventional, by NOT going to art school. The product of three generations of visual artists, I studied Political Science, then moved from California to Washington, D.C. for internships. I wore ties. I went to press briefings. Of course, this lead to a quarter-life crisis to which my mom said, “The problem is you’re…