We had the good fortune of connecting with Yvette Dibos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yvette, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I listened to my mother’s unconventional wisdom and pursued a degree in art. She was very good at walking he line between risk and safety.
I was always risky- a destructive teenager, a curious kid, and forcefully sought after what I want regardless of long-term hazards. I am glad an internal compass kept me from the catastrophic. And I’m glad I had a clear deep aim in my life to make art.
It has led to my teaching career and continued art practice. Sticking with it after 10-15 years has worked out. I did not always know it would. I knew I wouldn’t be happy unless I tried.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I work with sculpture, painting, and performance art to create videos that express white fragility and labor issues in regards to gender. I draw from my own experience and interpretation from the world around me. My drag character, miss appropriation deal with the issue of wanting to fit in to a culture that is not your own, even if it’s a culture centered around adopting your own culture. I think changing the attitudes around race, gender, and class are the key to solving our major problems. It’s the little things that become the big things.
I think about commerce and its effect on women. I study the evolution of beauty into wellness and marketing into self promotion. It’s fascinating and addictive to be able to document yourself and share it with the world. 99% of my video work deals with the notion of compressing, digitizing and and monetizing yourself.
I love the work of artists like Jamie Warren and Shana Moulton. I like the ooze. I like the camp. The best thing about teaching has been learning the things I didn’t have resources to learn while in school. I get to approach it with the confidence of someone who doesn’t have to create a thesis project. It is so exciting to learn a new technique without the pressure of “perfection” in a classical sense.
It was fun and scary to get to this point. I would say it was easy, because showing up to do what I love was easy. The hard part was looking at the cost of the graduate school. It is incredibly hard to say yes to that. You have to convince yourself it is an investment and not a gamble. My friends who were attending a similarly expensive art program had this to say “You just have to not look at it like a dollar amount you have to pay back. Look at it like a lifetime membership to an expensive gym. You pay a little bit every month but you have something that makes your life better in an immeasurable way.”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve been sober for a long time, so I’m much more of a homebody. I would take them to Malibu for Crab fried rice at Cholada Thai and then hike Solstice Canyon.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My friend and colleague Terri Hughes-Oelrich and the organization she founded: The Sugar Museum. I’d like to recognize the group’s creative solutions for injustices in food systems. She has hosted gallery shows, written and illustrated books, and created curriculum for early education classrooms. The best part is, she does not do all this work alone, gathers other artists together to assist the cause and elevate their careers. She has a gift for reaching out to people and recognizing their potential.
Youtube: Yvette Dibos
Other: But that youtube channel is mostly instructional videos for classes when they got moved online during early covid
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