Dao Strom is an artist who works with three “voices”—written, sung, visual—to explore hybridity and contemplate the intersection of personal and collective histories.Artist Bio
Postwar Tablefruit is a multimedia literary project that explores the diasporic identity as an ethos and confluence, both, of place and (dis)placement. Drawing from her own experience as a “1.5 generation” diasporic Vietnamese refugee and immigrant child of a “postwar” era, Dao Strom uses the melding and juxtaposition of hybrid elements—poetry, music, fragmented images, video poetry, sung-poetry, image-text—to create a multifaceted, mytho-poetic experience that embodies the un-containability, mutability, deep mystery and fractures of the hybrid self. Postwar Tablefruit wrestles and reconstructs itself at the peripheries of language, seeking to transpose its own disconnected tongues across mediums. Hauntings and absence, memories and silence, the long reverberations of past violences and obscured histories and mythologies, are currents this project seeks to illuminate. Postwar Tablefruit will take shape as multimedia installations, performance, poetry, and as a beautiful, well-made art book laid out in an experiential way.
Dao Strom is an artist who works with three “voices”—written, sung, visual—to explore hybridity and contemplate the intersection of personal and collective histories. Using practices of polyvocality, fragmentation, and (re)assemblage, Strom writes arrangements of poetry, music, lyric essay, image fragments, song and sound, layering voices and their echoes aurally, to be experienced as installation, videos, performance, music, multimedia, and inside the spaces of a book. She explores these concepts in both solo and collective work formats.
Strom is the author of five books/works: a bilingual poetry/art book, You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else, a hybrid-form memoir, We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People, accompanied by a song-cycle, East/West, a collection of novellas, The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys, and a novel, Grass Roof, Tin Roof. She is a founding member of She Who Has No Master(s), a collective of women artists and writers of the Vietnamese diaspora, co-director of a PoC library collective/social engagement project, De-Canon, and the editor of diaCRITICS. Strom has performed at the Time-Based Arts Festival and presented collaborative work at the SF Asian Art Museum and the American Library in Paris, among other venues. She has received support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, James Michener Fellowship, and Nelson Algren Award; with creative place-making grants from Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon and the Precipice Fund. Strom was born in Vietnam and grew up in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
A performance by Dao Strom.