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Venese

My work challenges fixed notions of gender and sexuality, the female archetype within the family, and the body as landscape. Within my work the observer will find varied explorations of grotesque corporeal wit, human narratives through anthropomorphic expressions, and the intermingling acts of birthing and composting. My work has shown at the Ohr-O’keefe Museum of Art, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, The Mesa House, the Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS, Cossit Hall at Colorado College, and the Terri Goodhue Gallery. Venese has worked with Ormao, Pantera Chamber Ballet, HIJACK, Larry Keigwin, Body Shift, and others. In 2015, I was an artist in residence with Pantera Chamber Ballet, while conjunctively teaching at Kazan University of Culture and Art, in Kazan, Russia. In addition, some of my teaching experience includes the teaching residency at the Beulah School of Natural Sciences, adjunct at the Colorado Springs Conservatory, the Positive Note Program for people with mixed abilities. The Ormao Dance School, The Dance Center, and the Mathtastic education-through-dance program. I would like to acknowledge the Apache, Comanche, Caddo, Tonkawa, and many other tribes who were the traditional custodians of the land we move and create on.

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