Yadira Dockstader

Yadira Dockstader


On-site Event June 3rd

What is it in a Person Lost?
In What is it in a person Lost, the video work includes original glass harp compositions as response to 18th century ideas that hysteria in women that were based on sounds derivative of the glass harmonium.The sound compositions connect current contexts in which sound is used for bodily control. Sound and video embed pain visualization therapy methods which assist with pain management in bodies with chronic illness. In the process, pain visualization therapy is captured in the photo compositions of sculptures made with textiles that shift into representations for bodies in distress. Photos capture subtle movements of balloons and the latexed forms that are tethered to trees, using rope and wool.The culmination is a reveal of the pain visualization therapy itself as performance. Shifting perspectives of living with hidden disability and the acceptance of a body in pain.

No Transmission Medium
Performative sculpture No Transmission Medium, surrounds the social guising of illness and hidden disabilities.The materialization of these themes are presented through a sensorial process which connects artist and audience as forces without contact. The sculptural component is a stand-in, a guise, a surrogate mirroring imminent life cycles.The staging and performance reveals this encapsulation of illness and brings this friction within the act of caring for the body. Chalk pastels and contact mics adhered to wooden forms react to controlled touch but are also manipulated by the closeness of others and are reactionary to the surrounding environment. Equal to hands, a violin bow and precarious ceramic components are accessible tools for touch. Evidence remains in the materials intrinsic qualities, chalk is applied and removed through this process of sound activation until indiscernible and as momentary as bodies.


Performance October 29, 2023
at Torrance Art Museum’s Nomad II

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Yadira Dockstader ( b.1983) is a multidisciplinary artist from Southern California. She received her B.A.in Studio Art and Art History from the University of California Riverside. Yadira works in moving image, sculpture, sound, performance, installation, and hybrid modes. Sculptural forms for guise presented through the work’s performative and installation qualities bring the intrinsic properties of material utilized to foremost consideration. Her works raise questions related to the confinement of a body, disability and loss of autonomy. Revealing the experience of disability, chronic illness and the intersection of a body’s imminent travails and life cycles.

Artist Location: Redlands, CA

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