"I Am an Exponent of Myself" (2005-present) dvd
This is a series of short videos in which I am wearing a sculptural costume that has hundreds of projections coming out of it with hooks on the end. It is an exploration into my changing identities. As my location changes, my appearance changes. In the desert I am a giant tumbleweed blowing across the desert; in the forest I am a water creature emerging from a stream; in the city I am detritus; on the beach I am a sea creature washed in with the tide.
As well as the video projects, I am exploring this idea in an installation version as well as in drawing form.
Artist Bio / CV
DB Lampman is known for her unusual large-scale sculptural installations, video and performance art. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1994 and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1996. In 2006 she received an Original Work Grant from the Council on the Arts and Humanities of Staten Island and in 2000, she received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation award. Her work has been shown at such places as the Tenement Museum in NYC, the Islip Art Museum in Long Island, ARC Gallery in Chicago, and the Federal Building in downtown Manhattan. At the 2003 Kingston Sculpture Biennial, which was curated by Judy Pfaff, DB debuted a performance entitled, “Ripe,” in which she wore an electrified steel harness covered in light bulbs. Her experimental digital video, “Home,” was an Official Selection at the 2003 Brooklyn International Film Festival at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Museo D’Arte Contemporanea in Rome. Her recent projects include a commission from the Richmond County Savings foundation and an exhibition of a large scale sculpture at Union County College in Cranford, NJ. Presently she has a large scale interactive sculpture installation at the Staten Island Children’s Museum.
From the age of eight until the age of twenty, DB Lampman studied and worked as a professional ballet dancer. Her history as a dancer profoundly influences the way in which she makes and sees art today. She was born in Roswell, New Mexico and grew up in the southwest United States. Her work is also influenced by the desert landscape that she grew up in. Many of her pieces mimic organic forms found in the desert, and exhibit the unusual combination of danger and beauty that can be found in many of these naturally occurring forms.
DB currently resides in Staten Island, NY and is the proud mother of a bright and creative son, Henry, who can be seen featured as a key sculptural element in her video, “Home.