ilyse iris is an interdisciplinary performance artist whose work positions daily life as a site of creation. Her social practice engages the would-be audience as co-creators through playful public interventions and participatory events, while her personal practice documents and expands artmaking as performance itself. ilyse's current practice follows a rigorous weekly discipline of photo animation and personal essay that explores the intersections of artistic labor, parenthood, and spirituality. The yearly product of 49 pieces is itself documentation of the ritual performance of making.
Originally from Michigan and currently residing in Northern California, she holds a BFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts. She has held residencies at the StoreFrontLab in San Francisco and DFLUX in Detroit, with events at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, The Schoolhouse, Big Umbrella Studios, Flockworks, Richmond Health Center, Detroit’s Recycling Center Recycle Here!, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, and many other public sites around the United States.