Shana Moulton creates humorous yet earnest explorations of New Age approaches to self-improvement through her alter ego, the bumbling and perpetually-searching Cynthia. In the Whispering Pines series, begun in 2002 and ongoing, we see Cynthia grappling with various maladies, seeking out remedies in the forms of pore strips, massage, neti pots, and the AVON lady. Moulton exhibits a finely-honed lo-fi aesthetic, featuring pastel colors and a cast of kitschy home décor objects. She offers a critical exploration of the commercialism of wellness therapies and products, important to consider in our age of quick-fixes and online searches.
Journeys Out of the Body at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete runs through October 9 and is Moulton’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States. It features interactive video installations as well as highlighting live performance and opera. Moulton has shown her work or performed at the Museum of Modern Art, The New Museum, and The Kitchen in New York; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Tate Modern in London; and major universities across the country.