Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2020-21

Dakota Gearhart (Queens, NY)

Project Description

Life Touching Life: A live talk show that shares fiction and nonfiction stories of personal healing from animals, plants, and humans. Set in a multispecies non-violent future and hosted by a half woman/half toxic algae bloom character, who I perform live over a streaming channel and in physical venues with corresponding animated graphics.


Dakota Gearhart is a multidisciplinary artist who examines the environment and how it is perceived through technology and mythology. Her work has exhibited at The Bronx Museum of Art, NY; Queens Museum, NY; Tacoma Art Museum, WA; Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, OR; Equity Gallery, NY; Knockdown Center, NY; On The Ground Floor, CA; Horse Hospital, London; Griessmuehle, Berlin; Lab’Attoir, Thessaloniki, Greece; and Taiyuan University, Taiyuan, China. She has been awarded the Puffin Foundation Grant, Artist Trust GAP Grant, BRIC Digital Media Fellowship, and a US-Japan National Endowments for the Arts Fellowship. Residencies include the Queens Museum Studio Program, NY; NARS Foundation, NY; Studios at MASS MoCa, MA; Wassaic Project, NY; Residency Unlimited, NY; and Vermont Studio Center, VT. Currently, she is an educator with Educational Video Center, where she teaches video to highschoolers at Basquiat’s alma mater.

Image Descriptions: 1. Femme Building Herself, 2016: Two videos over-layed; A scene of a "man-made beach" is combined with a "female-made" artwork in which I destroy and build. 2. We Are The Intimate Freaks You Asked For, 2017 A fictional environment where a femme presence haunts misogynist tech culture. In each video, I performed my versions of feminist spells alongside animated hand-made paper dolls. 3. Sextant of the Rose, 2020 A video influenced by rose cultivation that combines research on horticultural mutations, beauty as economic capital, and the universal erotic and spiritual symbolism of the rose.