Past “Fashion” Shows

What Happened to Orianna Kurrus?

When I first started selling artwork, I took on the stage name “Orianna Kurrus” (a name that I picked randomly and never felt very connected to) and for about a decade I had all sorts of crazy fashion shows with contortionist fire jugglers, “wearable paintings”, and a lot of dark humor. After going through my “Saturn return”, certain aspects of my artwork changed. I became less megalomaniacal, softer, and more interested in connecting to my artwork in the same mystical way that I connected to nature as a child. I started going by my Hebrew name, “Tikva” (which means Hope). Check out my current artwork here. Below are a few pictures + videos of my “wearable paintings”, Zombie Fashion Show, funny interview excerpts, and other past fashion/performance endeavors:

Awarded The Weekly Planet’s “Best of the Bay Award” for best fashion show in 2005

Interview in Orange Magazine about “Wearable Paintings”
December 13th, 2006
ART TAKES SHAPE
By Rachel Moran

Christian Dior was very successful last year with painted cotton crewneck tees where the artistic element was evidently separate from the design element, yet artists use the term “wearable art” when they branch into fashion. Why not call them “clothes” and let them prove themselves as art?
I don’t think of them as clothes as much as I think of them as paintings. Or perhaps, it’s a matter of my continuous struggle with the label of fashion designer, since I’ve always loved and hated fashion at the same time. Part of me wants to climb my way to the top of that glowing kingdom, but part of me wants to tear it all down from the inside.

One of your prior successes involved the idea of dead dolls, which is a little strange, since dolls aren’t alive to die in the first place. You’ve also said one of the inspirations for your present work is that paintings get “lonely” and need to be taken out. Why do you personify art so incongruously?
Mainstream models, dolls and zombies have a lot in common in the first place. The “doll” aspect refers to the frilly, disgustingly adorable stuff that I like to make, but it also refers to the models, comparing them to something pretty, plastic and detached. Dolls are trapped in time, because they do not age. They have the shape of young girls, but dress like sexually mature women – much like 10-year-olds today who adore mainstream fashion. Dolls are something infinitely creepy and beautiful to me. As far as the “lonely paintings” idea, I don’t have actual pity for artwork, as much as a desire for the audience to treat it in less of a fearfully worshipful manner.

How much did you have to change the ideas in your paintings to fulfill clothing design principles?
When I make larger paintings, I cut them down to fit the clothing design. Some of the image gets lost, but something new is created. All the pieces of the painting eventually get used. I’ve always approached clothing construction as if it were sculpture, something I was “building.” The whole concept of clothing is bizarre. We’re wearing false skins, covering ourselves with someone else’s ideas. The person wearing my paintings becomes part of my artwork. I have living, breathing, walking, talking paintings all over the place.

FAVORITE ARTICLE EXCERPTS:

From an article by Olga Robak, for the Oracle (February ’06):
“Orianna Kurrus has the world at her feet. As an artist, she’s one of the top emerging personalities of Tampa Bay. At the young age of 24, she has achieved local celebrity status by landing on the cover of Weekly Planet and winning a spot in the paper’s Best of the Bay for a fashion show in which she took part.”
click here to read the full article:
http://www.usforacle.com/2.6026/the-art-of-orianna-1.623839

From an interview in Orange Magazine, by Greg Caracci (October ’06):
“She has participated in 10 shows during the past year and a half, often alongside other unconventional designers like Frank Strunk III and Carly Champagne. Kurrus’ themes have ranged from models decked out as zombie dolls to troupes of gyrating cowboy bunny rabbits.
Orianna Kurrus: “Whenever people ask me what my genre is, I usually say ‘crack head.’”
click here to read the full article:
http://www.freshsqueezedweekly.com/article.shtml

From an article by Wendy Withers, for Tampa Bay Muse (September ’06):
“While others use subtle methods to push the envelope, Orianna’s world is filled with severed doll heads, little girls spilling blood all over their poofy dresses and, apparently, cowboy bunnies in assless chaps. Orianna is one artist who gives her models almost full control of what they do onstage. Greg Caracci, one of the bunnies, enjoyed the freedom of his role. “I thought it was a hoot, and it allowed me for me to be a sort of grand, disgusting caricature I only slightly resemble,” Greg said.”
click here to read the full article:
http://www.tampabaymuse.com/wart.htm

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