LaRece has used her Art to further her independence as an Extreme Homemaker. Her purpose is to make functional objects that have history and continually refer to tried and true elements of American life, which usually require to participation and experience.
LaRece Egli grew up in a rural Salmon fishing village, Naknek, in southwest Alaska that is only accessible by boat or airplane. Everything that arrives in Naknek remains there and is continually reused and reinvented. LaRece’s experiences in Bush Alaska with the need for utility, function & creative reuse of resources have become the foundation of her life & work as a Survivalist Artist.
LaRece maintains a seasonal lifestyle in her hometown Bellevue, Idaho, returning to Naknek in the spring and summer to participate in the tradition of handcrafting gillnets for commercial fisherman. The most powerful relationships & experiences in LaRece’s life have always been rooted in her community experiences, in both of her remote homes, surrounding food preservation, fishing, hunting, gathering wood and so on. LaRece believes that the experience of Survival is what binds us & can heal us.
In 2004 LaRece abandoned all of her previous efforts of generating Flat Artwork, most of which ended up in a dumpster. Since then she has focused on the emotional threads that connect all of us by targeting relationships and our interactions with everyday 3 dimensional objects while maintaining a little irreverence.
Her focus on Interactive Art has generated successful Performance Art campaigns such as Twice The Guilt & eX Marks The Spot both hosted in San Francisco, CA. She has also developed an innovative construction method as seen in LaRece Construction & has a Patent Pending on her latest business venture, Vago HTS. She has also done stunning window & food displays that have been informed directly by her experiences in food preservation, gardening, quilting, knitting and sewing.
In addition to running two successful businesses, she is currently researching & designing two new Performance pieces. Counter Culture is loosely based on the history of Home Economics and will focus on home life & outdated food preservation methods. She has also been collecting significant pieces of fabric from her life that will be reconstructed into a series of functional strait jackets for her project, The Strait Story.
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