Survivor! Share Your 98 Second Story

Survivor! Share Your 98 Second Story

Elizabeth Tobias
Survivor! Share Your 98 Second Story
A spoken word, improvised sound performance

January 27th 2pm at the LA Art Show – West Hall Entrance

DIVERSE art LA
2019 LA Art Show
January 23-27, 2019
Los Angeles Convention Center

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(Los Angeles) — Artists who have been victimized by violence often lack the support and resources needed to come forward. For artists who have been affected by the trauma of sexual assault, rarely, if ever, are there adequate opportunities to create work that addresses their stories within and beyond the larger art community.

Los Angeles artist and expressive arts therapist, Elizabeth Tobias, will amplify her fusion of social practice, performance and sound to debut Survivor! Share your 98 Second Story at 2019 The Los Angeles Art Show. This immersive project addresses the sexual assault epidemic, one of the most pervasive, yet most under reported crimes. Survivor! addresses the staggering statistic that every 98 seconds, there is a sexual assault in America.

Weaving together spoken word and improvised sound, Elizabeth Tobias will perform with an ensemble of artist survivors to collectively promote needed awareness and advocacy for sexual assault survivors in the art community and throughout the public sphere.

Dr Jennifer Freyd, expert in the field of interpersonal violence has identified that the act of speaking out has a measurable impact on decreasing violence. Consequently, the performance has the potential to directly reduce the statistics. Survivor! Share Your 98 Second Story is a ground-breaking new performance that addresses trauma, courage and continuance.

Elizabeth Tobias, MA, is an Expressive Arts Therapist, Interdisciplinary Artist, Feminist, Educator and Community Organizer. As an Expressive Arts Therapist, she works in private practice and in clinical settings. As an artist and community organizer, Elizabeth creates immersive works of art and public events that address timely social issues such as interpersonal violence, trauma, discrimination, food scarcity and climate change. Her multi-media projects leverage art to engage the community in cultural, economic and social advancement. In 2014, she was awarded a Learning Innovation Fellowship from The National Science Foundation. She previously earned a Durfee ARC Grant for The Cupcake Project, a 3 year traveling exhibit about the hunger epidemic in America, which was featured at The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University. She also conceptualized SEE THRU, an experimental collaboration with Caltech Neuroscience Professor, Shinsuke Shimojo. She has worked with organizations including Vista Hill Parent Care, The San Diego Unified School District Department of Student Advocacy, La Jolla Elementary School, La Jolla High School, The LA Gay and Lesbian Center, Girl Up, Lifting Generations and The Expressive Arts Foundation.

Elizabeth earned her MA in Spiritual Psychology from The University of Santa Monica and her Professional Diploma from The Expressive Arts Institute in San Diego in accordance with standards set forth by The International Expressive Arts Therapy Training Network and in compliance with The European Graduate School in Saas Fe, Switzerland.

Participating artists to date:
Elizabeth Tobias, Dawniel Carlock Stewart, Naomi Tara, Jen Snoeyink, Robyn Alatorre, Tara Gravis, Felis Stella, Jennifer Korsen, Jessica, Joi Cole, Blake, Mona Lisa Lind, Franceasca Seiden, Aileen Seiden (in memorium), Kayla Cloonan, Aliza Bejarano, Kellie Gillespie, Catherine Singer, Alexandria Yalj, Ryan Freeze, Ciana Lee, Yolie

Supporting Artists: Anna Cirronis, Danica Teyssier, Caecilie Liv Carlson
Featured Cellist: Tara J. Atkinson

Author

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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