Ember & Poki / Work in progress
- “Two thumbs and two toes up!”
Enci Box, Publisher of Bitter Lemons
- “. . . Intricate and unsettlingly beautiful.”
Phil Cramer, New Orleans Fringe Festival
A show of mixed up proportions and mind bending contortions.
With, Ember, a button-addict cowboy-boot wearing contortionist & Poki, master of balance and object illusion.
Button Wagon is sure to tickle your soul, wiggle your toes, and entangle your mind with wonder.
Mezza9 has been documenting the wonder-full performances of flow artist and juggler: Poki and his partner, the contortionist: Ember. Their polished performance art sheds insight on human behavior and humans’ love of magic too.
Underlying their performances you might find messages about addiction, human relationships, and our relationship with the world of ‘stuff’.
They arouse the feelings of love and wonder; Mezza9’s source for all of her work.
Poki’s skill with humor and mesmerizing isolations and balancing awarded him first place in fire art at the Burning Man festival.
This on-going body of Mezza9’s artwork includes large scale and multi-dimensional paintings and kinetics; a phenaktiskope, series of large-scale paintings, and wooden pull toys and a book of the art: The The.
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Who is in the paintings? Mezza9 is inspired by living performers. She studies and paints the performers in Unifire Theatre, ClanDestiny Circus and other individual circus and street performers such as members of Triangle Fire and numerous paintings of the burlesque performer, Cherry-Oh! and the festival goer Cara, in the spirit of Degas painting dancers on and off of the stage and Toulouse-Lautrec documenting his beloved Montmartre, the area of Paris famous for its bohemian lifestyle and the haunt of artists, writers, and philosophers. She shares the performing artists’ passion for the circus and is a performer herself with hoop and fire hoop dance, stilt dance with hooping, and aerial hoop (lyra) and is recently attempting the unicycle and fire whip.
Good photographs contribute to good art. Some of Mezza’s favorite photographers are: Hannah Combs Photography, Christy Rae, Claudio Rodgriguez, and Moore Photography.
Mezza9 National Public Radio (NPR) Interview for award-winning solo exhibit, “Amplify: Paintings and Kinetics”