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Lia Chavez
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Lia Chavez is an internationally exhibited visual and performance artist who lives and works in New York City. Focusing on themes of illumination, embodiment and becoming, her practice incorporates a diverse range of media with an emphasis on performance-generated photography. Her work has been exhibited at the 52nd and 53rd Venice Biennale; The Armory Show, New York; 10th Istanbul Biennial; Frieze Art Fair, London; Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Atlanta; and Affirmation Arts, New York.

She studied at the University of Oxford and Goldsmiths College in London and has given lectures as a visiting artist at numerous institutions throughout the US and Europe.

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At the SPRING/BREAK Art Show: A Live Performance Exploring Meditation and the Creative Spark

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 6:25 PM

The calling of art affords the creative artist an opportunity to journey through the full spectrum of creation and destruction, joy and suffering in the microcosm of her creative process. This interplay of light and dark, fullness and emptiness, synthesis and chaos lends a richness and dimension to my life...

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Challenges for Women in the Arts: Reflections on the MAKERS Conference

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 12:26 PM

Just a few years ago, the mind-numbing rhetoric of "post-feminism" was still in wide circulation, as though the original aspirations of the women's movement -- women's full participation in society and equal pay for equal work -- had become obsolete. Of course, the statistics betray a vastly different story.

Within...

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Why Failure Is the Best Friend of Creative Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2013 | 9:05 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

In her recent TEDTalk, Alexa Meade describes how she followed her creative instincts away from an office job and into an investigation of shadows, space and light in her parent's basement. This curiosity led her to...

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Choreographing Consciousness and Galvanizing Creativity

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 10:37 AM

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Giorgione, The Tempest, c. 1508, Oil on canvas, 83 cm × 73 cm (33 in × 29 in), Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice


The artist's mind surrendered to the flow of creative inspiration can be as turbulent and foreboding as Giorgione's Tempest. This...

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Luminous Objects: A Meditation Performance Exploring the Nature of Inner Vision

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 6:36 PM

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A "luminous object" in the world of physics refers to an entity, such as a star, which is capable of generating its own light.

Hubble Ultra-Deep Field imagery collects the light of such objects by focusing a Wide Field Camera into seemingly vacant portions...

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Lessons On Love, Life And Lipstick

(6) Comments | Posted May 26, 2013 | 12:18 PM

Activist, writer and Ms. Magazine co-founder Letty Cottin Pogrebin recently said to me, "Feminism makes for the happiest of marriages."

I heartily agree.

When I was 25 years old, I relocated to the UK for a fellowship to study feminism at Oxford's International Gender Studies Center (IGS). Only...

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Performance Art Notes From Assisi

(7) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 4:43 PM

It happened while I was in a seated meditation one evening during a recent visit to a mountain villa hovering above the medieval city of Assisi, Italy. As I meditated in a dark room, I heard a voice clearly pronounce the words, "Open up." To my astonishment it was not...

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A Glimpse At Splitting, Multiplying Universes: Frieze London 2012 Highlights

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 8:44 AM

London's Frieze Art Fair is nothing if not sleeplessly frenetic and downright rock 'n' roll. Londoners know how to party hard and the debris of last week's cultural cyclone did not disappoint. It kicked off early in the week with perhaps the best after-party of the entire fair -- a...

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Refracting Temple: Embodied Performative Prayer

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 4:11 PM

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Refracting Temple performance, September 26, 2012. Image Courtesy of the artist.


Last Wednesday, I approached the front door of a pretty house on a peaceful tree-lined street in New York and tapped softly. "Who am I to be doing this?" I thought....

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The Art of Praying With Suds and Sweat

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 8:29 AM

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Heal Us/ Heal U.S. performance. Courtesy of the Artist.


On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, I grabbed my mop, bucket and cleaning supplies and set off for Ground Zero with no particular idea of how those supplies would be used. I explored the...

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'True Light': A Journey Into Deep Inner Space

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 11:52 AM

Creative inspiration presents itself to artists in a variety of mysterious ways. Sometimes, it strikes us like lightening and sometimes it whispers almost imperceptibly. At times, it arrives in the form of a neatly-wrapped assignment, and at others, it leads us forward with vague nudgings and a strange sense that...

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