Sci-Fi Artist Saya Woolfalk Creates A Hallucinatory Human Mandala From Dancers

September 3, 2014 1:17 PM

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Sci-Fi Artist Saya Woolfalk Creates A Hallucinatory Human Mandala From Dancers

The artist, whose father is African American and white and whose mother is Japanese, conjures mythical utopias to explore ideas of race, sexuality, difference, hybridization, cooperation and creativity. Her multimedia works summon viewers on a multicolored trip through mythical research, bunk biology and bizarre costumes, exposing cultural rituals as the fantastical occurrences they have been all along.

Her 2012 exhibition "The Empathics" introduced viewers to a bizarre breed of women who, after encountering genetically unusual buried remains, begin experiencing psychedelic visions that transform them into part plant, part animal hybrids.

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