Liss LaFleur (b. TX, USA) is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans moving image, installation, performance, and glass. Often described as surreal, intimate, and poetic, her projects explore the interplay between feminist discourse, queer subjectivity, the protesting body, and technology. She is a 2020-21 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow.
In 2018, LaFleur was awarded an Immersive Scholar grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to research the urgency of the #MeToo movement and translate public data into a series of immersive videos using 3D animation and conceptual art strategies. In 2019, all of the data associated with this research was archived in the #MeToo Digital Media Collection at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
LaFleur's work has been exhibited and screened internationally by museums, galleries and other cultural institutions including the TATE Modern, UK; Cannes Court Métrage, FR; Hearst Museum; the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; PBS/ POV Digital; the Reykjavik Art Museum, IS; South by Southwest; Artespacio Galeria de Arte, Santiago, Chile; the Museum of Glass, US; Sister Gallery, AU; and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, South Korea. She was nominated for a Webby Award (2019), and has been a finalist for the Foundwork Art Prize (2019), Art Prize (2017), the Aesthetica Art Prize (2018), the Lumen Prize (2016), and the Edie Windsor Coding Fellowship (2019). She is a recipient of the College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship (2014), and a pupil of documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark.
LaFleur graduated with an MFA in Media Art as an Artist Fellow from Emerson College in Boston, MA, where she also founded the New England Graduate Media Symposium. From 2012 – 2013 she was a media researcher on the Ford Foundation Advancing LGBT Rights Initiative, “Out for Change: Transmedia Organizing Network” at the MIT Media Lab. She is an Assistant Professor and Program Director in the College of Visual Art & Design at the University of North Texas, and she is represented by Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas.