The highly crafted body sculpted designs by Lyraphic are wearable exoskeletons that make the imagination wander. She’s getting ready for a special physical theater event called Kintsukuroi in San Francisco happening March 15-17th. We highly recommend this dark storytelling, circus and art performance.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born in the foothills of the devil’s mountain, or so I’d like to imagine. More accurately I was born in the Bay Area (Walnut Creek near Mt Diablo) but raised in the Grass Valley/Nevada City area. I returned to San Francisco and Oakland as a teenager and joined the underground artist and circus communities. After a bit of traveling, I’m back in the East Bay where I’m working on some of the biggest projects I’ve had the heart to take on.
Who are you as a designer and what do you design?
My background is in circus, contortion in particular. Ever since moving on from that specific training I’ve devoted a lot of time to wearable sculpted leather art I call exoskeletons. Blend that with my background training in Butoh and physical theater and you get an experience you can feel deep in your bones. I love monsters. I believe in bringing more primal, dangerous, sensual, and magical realms here through art. It’s work I believe you can embody and that empowers you.
Tell us about the KINTSUKUROI event:
Currently I am working on a series of physical theater shows with Witchtech Productions in San Francisco. There will be a series of shows where the performances are inspired by butoh, circus, and spoken word to create emotionally intense story telling that’s often dark in nature and more vulnerable than most are comfortable experiencing. They can be disturbingly raw to some, but there is catharsis in the darkness.
Kintsukuroi is the craft of repairing with gold. This piece meditates on the beauty of repairs and what comes when you allow yourself to fall apart and be put back together. How you put yourself back together is as important as how you break. Poet and spoken word artist Joyce Lee is back with us from Colombia on a special occasion to tell her stories as the red-thread for this exclusive three day performance. She’s joined by supernatural bay area circus and Butoh talents to create an avant-garde mixture of theater, circus and personal stories to tease out an ineffable experience that you’ll have to see to believe. Location: MONUMENT 140 9th Street in San Francisco. CLICK FOR TICKETS
I hope to continue working with Witchtech to bring more emotionally honest performances to the community. These shows aren’t for the faint of heart and can be cathartically moving. I believe in events like these as a necessary release or rite of passage through the chapters of our lives both personally and collectively. Hopefully, with the right funding, this will expand in future productions and bring about more wearable art costuming, a fully realized set, and possible tours as well. There is also a lot of desire to return to the sculpted leather wearables, however I’ve learned this creative process takes its own time despite the continually channeled inspiration. Where ever I am in the world I’ll be working on making art and ritual. That much is assured.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Dark Beauty means to me a sense of beauty that goes beyond the surface level. For me, it’s an embodiment that goes deeper than both the beautiful and the grotesque. There is more individual reflection in that spectrum that speaks to our evolving perspectives and individual experiences than what is readily available and easily digestible on the surface. I believe that deep down we all crave to know ourselves. This is something we can only truly learn in darkness and shadows. Without balancing the dark and the light, personal understanding will forever be incomplete. Dark Beauty is also a cultural and community collective that continues to inspire and provide access to a variety of talented artists seeking to be seen and felt by each other’s inspired purpose and perspective.
Photo Credit RJ Muna