Alicia Renadette‘s Desire Miser in Repose is a haunted pleasure den of material excess. A storage pod for displaced desires. A pagan speakeasy. In Alicia’s mobile art box, 1-2 viewers at-a-time will experience a chamber that contains a topography comprised of pedestrian materials like free-piled holiday decorations and toys, orphaned formalwear, retired furniture, and mass-produced disposable novelty embellishments layered and entangling in a sickeningly joyous mound. An anemic OCD-afflicted spinster (the Desire Miser) sits amidst the piles and waits for the world to offer her something.
Alicia Renadette is a multi-disciplinary artist based out of Holyoke, MA. Since relocating to Western MA in 2010, Alicia has created immersive installations at the MAP Space in Easthampton (Merger, 2014 *with Elizabeth Alexander), Historic Northampton (Legacy Strike, 2013 *solo), and Wisteriahurst Museum in Holyoke (Discretion is a Holy Virtue: Assume the Position, 2012 * installation in the dining room as part of REACH). Often using a theatrical combination of recognizable objects and textures, sprays of lush color, and soft, puppet-like forms, Alicia Renadette injects this surreal familiarity with her wry humor. The work itself is more referential than narrative. It could be considered a mash-up of several sub-texts of stories once removed. The materials chosen are viewed “symbolic” because of their physical form or due to their function. The may somehow infer something about the social status or gender of their owner/user. Alicia finds special delight in plastic cocktail swords for their ability to encapsulate foreign-manufacturing, social “functions” and dueling colonists. She holds a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from the Hartford Art School
ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
This event is not only an opportunity to work within the dimensional parameters of a storage unit, but also the cultural implications of such a container. I am really interested in the psychology of materials, so I’m especially drawn to using this box as a make-shift place of worship for excess. I prefer to work in spaces whose character lends another dimension to the work I install. An event like Florence Night Out is a chance to share possibly off-the radar experiences with a new audience. Also, it’s my birthday on May 6 and I wanted a party.