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Meet Tiffany Trenda

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Trenda.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Tiffany. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I received my BFA from Art Center College of Design and started doing work around the body and performance with video installation. I won Artist of the Year at the London International Creative Competition Awards in 2008 with the piece, “Condemned Opera”. Then, in 2009, I introduced “Entropy” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I went on to receive my MFA from the University of California Los Angeles, Design and Media Arts program. This is where I experimented interactive tech and was invited to perform the collaborative work, “faceMe” (Maxim Safiouline, Krisztina Matyi, and Qiuming Li)at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China at the British Pavilion.

Next, I introduced the first of many interactive suits including, “Body Code” that premiered at Scope Art Fair in Basel Switzerland. The second work I introduced was Proximity Cinéma for the performance program at the Metamorphoses of the Virtual – 100 Years of Art and Freedom during the 55th annual Venice Biennale. “Ubiquitous States” was the third and collaborated with Janne Kyttanen and 3D Systems. It premiered at Context Art Miami and was later performed at the Los Angeles Broad Art Museum.

My new media work was included in the highly publicized show, “Auto Body,” at the Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires, Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City, and “Neotopia” at Art Center Nabi in South Korea. Recently, the “Vanishing Portrait” series was acquired for the permanent collection of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and a photographic work was in the Brand Library and Art Center for the exhibition, “Beyond Embodiment”.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Some of the struggles that I have endured have been as a female artist in a male-dominated industry. Only 14% of women are included in museum exhibitions. Every women has had tremendous obstacles navigating through the art world and one can only hope we can make it more equal one day.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I create interactive suits/garments for live performance art. I am known for placing screens on my body. The work explores the relationship of the human body, particularly the female body, to technology. I interchange my identity with screens to represent how we conceal and reveal ourselves through our devices (smartphones, computers, etc.). As these devices become an integral part of our daily lives, we relate to them as if they are part of our skin and extensions of our lived body. Therefore, we are constantly choosing between the physical and the simulation of our bodies through virtual realities, social media, etc. We are no longer living in the present but viewing life through the screen that changes how we form memories and how we interact with the outside world.

What were you like growing up?
I always remained a strong, creative, independent female.

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“Ubiquitous States” at Broad Art Museum Photo by EMS Eric Minh Swenson; “Proximity Cinéma”; “Body Code” at Context Art Miami; “Terrarium”; “Entropy” at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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