In 1999 Liss Platt created the personae ‘Art Jock’ as a way to fuse her two primary identities, as artist and athlete, into one practice. The works she produces as Art Jock are all traces of sporting activities and represent the gesture and physicality of the sports she plays. While the moniker ‘Art Jock’ is ironic — juxtaposing two stereotypically opposite cultures and mocking the ‘bad boys’ of art – the work is a genuine attempt to transform sports into art and to carve out a space for the female-athlete-artist. For M:ST, Platt will present three aspects of this work, which will include an exhibition of puck paintings in the main space, an off-site performance where she will create a puck painting, and an experimental/laboratory space in the project room that will display a wide range of Art Jock artifacts.
Liss Platt is a media artist whose works take the form of photographs, videotapes, films, websites, performances, and installations. Her artwork combines personal narrative, critical analysis, humour, and gender politics to explore how we come to understand ourselves within the world. Her work has been exhibited and screened throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.