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I’ll Stop the World and Melt with You
Molly Jo Shea


February 9th - March 3rd
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9th, 7-10 pm

Monte Vista Projects is pleased to announce the thawing of Molly Jo Shea.

After being cryogenically frozen in the year 2017 at CalArts, Molly Jo Shea, the founder of the Suspended Animation Department, will be showing research and work post-defreeze. After becoming overwhelmed with the notion of independence and choice, Shea used her student loans to delay the inevitable Walt Disney- style. Researching real cryogenics laboratories like Alcor, struggling utopias like Arcosanti and cryotherapy clinics in Santa Clarita; Shea created her own cryogenics program on campus, Calcor.  Objects will be defrosted for this solo show of her work concerning ideas centered around desire, life, death and waiting for a better tomorrow.

Shea (wa/i)s an multidisciplinary artist working with performance, video, ceramics, and installation. Interested in mixing documentary with fantasy, her work seeks to melt the two into a new form of reality and institutional critique. Shea is currently finishing her Masters Degree in Art and Integrated Media at CalArts (when and if she plans to defrost for graduation). She has performed in places as varied as MOCA Tucson, San Diego Art Institute, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Im Ersten in Austria and more. Currently she has been pursuing research around living and dead archives with Australia’s seed banks and deextinction laboratories for her thesis show in March.  

This show will also be a resource for those who might have been recently defrosted and are seeking guidance and help for integrating back into society and dealing with Freezer Burn. Defrosting seminar performance and screening of Shea’s documentary, ‘Cool As Ice’ will be announced soon.