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Artist Statement


My art develops from personal unease or fear.  These often unexamined places hold valuable information that can reflect back on oneself and reflect on larger systems at play. Once I land on an idea that causes friction for me I dive into performance, sculpture, collage, installation and video as a way to zoom in and out of these subjects.  I find the energy stored inside a body holds a vast depth of knowledge that activates a place between spoken and written knowledge, and our embodied experiences.  Collaboration around these topics opens up possibilities for difference that we can embrace and include within the project.  The energy of having multiple moving bodies also provides other windows into uncomfortable topics.  One way I work is by taking objects or ideas that contain a preciousness in puritan, american culture and finding ways to make those ideas grotesque or satirical.  This is a way I challenge my perceived notions of authority and what is sacred.

Haylee Warner is an activist, performer, dramaturg and healer in the Philadelphia Area.  She has been a part of multiple performance spaces in Philadelphia including The Iron Factory, Headlong Performance Institute, Equilibrium Dance Academy and The Community Education Center where she currently co-hosts the ETC Series.  Haylee has a BFA from the University of the Arts and completed the Headlong Performance Institute in 2017.  Haylee’s personal work often challenges perceived notions of authority and what is sacred and twists those ideas to create something grotesque or satirical.  Outside of her individual work she has performed with Faustin Linyenkula, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Jesse Zarritt and Carol Brown to name a few.  Haylee is also a seasonal wellness guide and teached Mindfulness to Philadelphia High School students through Inner Strength Education. Her artistic and healing work has taken her to Mexico and New Zealand as continued learning and discovery is at the heart of everything Haylee does. For more information check her artist website, or her wellness website

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