About the Artist
Sister Feathertoe is a Jacksonville-based artist and performer recently hailing from Brooklyn, NY. Her formative training includes contemporary dance studies at Tulane University and the University of Florida. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art in classical painting from the University of North Florida, she went on to perform as a jazz vocalist and musician in Washington, D.C. Among her professional highlights was performing with international jazz vocalist Gino Sitson at Blues Alley, working as a recording artist on the Living Theater label in New York City, starring in The Blue Angel at the Kennedy Center, and playing the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The Sister Feathertoe performance project is the culmination of her influence as a painter integrated with her prior experience as a professional musician and dancer.
In an art form called performance painting, or paint-dancing, she creates large-scale works on canvas by extending gestures used in painting to the physical activity of free-style dance. When creating her large-scale paintings, ‘Sister Feathtertoe’ is the alter ego she embodies as a tongue-in-cheek reference to her discovery at 21 that she was the oldest of ten siblings, thus becoming a sister for the first time, having been adopted and raised an only child. She also pays homage to the indigenous Taino patronage she was unaware of prior, and to ancient origins shared by all.
In addition to her performance work, Sister Feathertoe works in many other creative media including painting, installation and video. Her work has been included in group shows and media publications.
In addition, she has recently created two multimedia performance events at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville for their Art of the 1960s and Art of the 1980s retrospectives, called 'Paintdancing with Sister Feathertoe: A Human Be-In & Go-Go' and 'COUNTDOWN:1986!'.