Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2015-16

(Brooklyn, NY)Tamar Etun

Project Description

“Mauve Bird with Yellow Teeth Red Feathers Green Feet and a Rose Belly” is a multidisciplinary performance consisting on vast colors, dance, storytelling, everyday object assemblages, and sound to create a psychological changing landscape commenting on stillness and primal empathy. By composing sculpture with movers, I create sense of what I call a "handheld history" examining the transformation of cultural and psychological narratives through the lens of personal accounts and perspectives. This body of work is an in progress performance tetralogy; A new installment will premiere each year until the completion of the project in 2018. Each part will be based on a color and season – Blue/Winter, Red/Spring, Yellow/Summer, Orange/Fall – and will incorporate an abstracted narrative of absurd physical tasks performed by movers interacting with objects.


Tamar Ettun (b.1982, Jerusalem) is a Brooklyn based sculptor and performance artist; she is the founder and director of The Moving Company. Ettun received her MFA from Yale University in 2010 where she was awarded the Alice English Kimball Fellowship. She studied at Cooper Union in 2007, while earning her BFA from Bezalel Academy. Her numerous exhibitions and performances include: The Watermill Center, Vanity Projects, e-flux, Transformer, NADA NYC, Madison Square Park, Braverman Gallery, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Andrea Meislin Gallery, PERFORMA 11, PERFORMA 09. Ettun has been honored by organizations including Iaspis, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, a Fountainhead Residency, The Watermill Center, a MacDowell Fellowship, Abrons Arts Center, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Art Production Fund, Socrates Sculpture Park, Artis, RECESS, and Triangle. Ettun is currently working towards a solo show at the Upsala Museum of Art that will open in 2016, and on opening a can of sardines using only her teeth.