Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2020-21

May Maylisa Cat (Portland, OR)

Project Description

Located in an anarchist jurisdiction, Fok Fok is an imaginary Thai restaurant franchise inspired by PokPokRestaurants.com utilizing fake merchandise, an Instagram bot committing cultural theft, and a faux reality TV show to address consumption, capitalism, the fantasy of the cultural “Other,” and the neocolonial gaze disguised as multiculturalism.

Biography

Using parody and queer archive activism, May Maylisa Cat is a multidisciplinary artist whose work lies at the intersection of food culture, racialized labor, and identity. She grew up in Chicago, IL and graduated from Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY. Her projects have received support from multiple grants including Franklin Furnace Fund, Precipice Fund, Oregon Arts Commission, New Media Fellowship from Open Signal, and Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland, OR.
May has attended residencies at Chautauqua Visual Arts, Wassaic Project, Santa Fe Art Institute, Glean Portland, Caldera Arts, and Pittsburgh Glass Center. She will be in future residencies at c3:initiative, New Media Gallery Residency at Jack Straw Cultural Center, and Bunker Projects. Her work has been featured in WWeek’s March edition with Shannon Gormley’s piece “May Cat’s Portland Exhibit Grapples With Thai Ghost Movies, Her Family History and Livestock Entrails” and in multiple online publications. She has spoken as a guest lecturer for Carnegie Mellon University School of Fine Art in Pittsburgh, PA and as a teaching artist for Caldera Arts in Sisters, OR. She is currently based in Portland, OR and Chicago, IL.

May has attended residencies at Chautauqua Visual Arts, Wassaic Project, Santa Fe Art Institute, Glean Portland, Caldera Arts, and Pittsburgh Glass Center. She will be in future residencies at c3:initiative and New Media Gallery Residency at Jack Straw Cultural Center. She is currently based in Portland, OR.



Image Descriptions: 1 & 3. Hand blown two-tone glass cups with glass casted chicken wings and drumsticks. 2. Butt plug, sake bottle, cups.