Public Acts at The Art Party hosted by Oriana, 2013. Photograph by Norman Mine
Oriana is an artist working mainly in performance and video. Her work addresses the depiction of femininity in popular culture and feminist art, juxtaposing her own lived experience with these often contradictory representations. She has a BFA in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Fine Art with distinction from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her career as an exhibiting artist began with her inclusion in the 2004 New Contemporaries exhibition at the Liverpool Biennial and The Barbican. Since then she has shown her work and performed at numerous venues worldwide such as Tate Britain, Kunsthalle Wien, Dashanzi Festival in Beijing, Solyanka State Gallery in Moscow and Photo Miami. Oriana also worked as an editor in the field of art publishing from 2003 to 2008 and continues to pursue self-publishing projects. She was an artist-in-residence at Triangle France in Marseille in 2007 and at Metal Culture in Southend-in-Sea in 2010. In 2009 she received the Women’s Art Library/Feminist Review bursary, which culminated in an event called Once More With Feeling at Tate Modern. From 2009 to 2012, Oriana was an Associate Researcher for the AHRC-funded project Performance Matters co-run by Goldsmiths, Roehampton University and The Live Art Development Agency. Currently Oriana is pursuing an MPhil/PhD in Visual Cultures also at Goldsmiths and is part of an intercollegiate research group exploring collaboration in fine art and criticism at The Courtauld.
Oriana has taught at Southampton Solent University and University of Reading, and has guest lectured at numerous universities including Goldsmiths, The Courtauld Institute, Sheffield Hallam University and Central Michigan University. On BA Fine Art at the Cass, Oriana taught in the Crafting an Artistic 'Self' studio in 2012-13. She currently teaches in the Public Acts studio and mentors The Cass Feminist Art Society.
- BA (Hons) Fine Art
- MA Fine Art
Oriana made her first piece of video art as part of a larger quest to find the perfect feminist role model. She continues to take on a whole host of roles from housewives, exercise goddesses and self-help gurus to politicians and Viennese actionists. She finds pleasure in infusing the fantasies of those great mythmakers, Hollywood and TV, with the assertive passion and self-reflection of feminist art. Still unable to decide between the perks of the mainstream and the liberation of the avant-garde, Oriana has begun filming her own chat show to put this question to guest performers, artists and intellectuals with the hope that one day she herself will become as influential as Oprah.
Oriana’s current doctoral research mines the connection between performance art and mainstream self-help culture, comparing and contrasting the function of self-disclosure in these disparate contexts, be it therapeutic and/or political. Her original contribution to knowledge lies not only in making this link by highlighting the therapeutic aspects of performance art practice but also by revaluing the reparative within both live art and mainstream women’s, self-help culture.
Her research interests also include: feminist art history, performance and re-enactment, female desire and sexuality, women’s liberation, consciousness raising, identity politics, humour and parody, art therapy, psychoanalysis and rational emotive behaviour therapy and happiness studies.
- 2013 The Art Party Conference, The Spa, Scarborough
- 2013 Happiness Now?, Guest Projects, London
- 2012 P o P, Performance Matters, The Yard, London
- 2012 The O Show (Touring Talk), Remote Control, ICA, London
- 2011 Women Should Be In Charge, ICA, London
- 2011 The Do It All Dating Game, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
- 2010 Happiness Happenings, The Royal Festival Hall, London
- 2010 Going Public, Tate Britain, London
- “The Perfect Student”, On Perfection: An Artists' Symposium, Chicago: Intellect Books, 2013.
- “The Protagonist” blog, contributor 2011–2012.
- “All Man, All Woman and Half Bear”, Dance Theatre Journal, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2011.
- “Once More with Feeling”, Feminist Review, issue no. 96, 2010.