I’m a feminist performance artist, writer, curator, professor, actor, and mother. My work has been shown at The New Museum, AUNTSisdance, The Culture Project, PS 122/SoloNova, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Lab, Dixon Place, Postmasters Gallery, Vox Populii, ArtShare LA, Project for Empty Space, EFA Project Space, Art in Odd Places and abroad in Slovenia and Canada and across the U.S.
Some people have said nice things about me: Hyperallergic called my January 2019 installation INTERIORS: We Are All Pink Inside “provocative, humorous and potent” and it was a Critic’s Pick in Artforum and an Editor’s Pick in artnet. My essay about gender and aging, “Mother, Daughter, Moustache,” was in the New Tork Times bestselling anthology Women In Clothes (2014), and Bookforum called it “a standout essay” and Molly Ringwald read it on national radio for Selected Shorts. My comic about Home Birth was called “hilarious and uncensored” by Flavorpill and “Punk Rock Childbirth Ed.” by Babble. I am a core member of No Wave Performance Task Force and was the lead artist on “We Wish Ana Mendieta Was Still Alive,” a Feminist Public Action that Hyperallergic singled out as one of the “Best Art and Activism” performances of 2014. Dazed wrote, “Christen Clifford leads a new wave of feminist performance art steeped in the politics of menstruation.”
I was a main stage storyteller at The Moth. I’ve also been a bartender and waiter, an actor in Chekhov and Shakespeare and Pinter and in the artwork of Tino Seghal and Alix Pearlstien, an art model, perfume girl, and salesperson at Victoria’s Secret. I have worked as an editor at AOL, and as a full-time mom. I have loved being a mentor and volunteer for Girls Write Now. Residencies include Ragdale, VSC, the Museum of Motherhood and the ACE Hotel. I am a lucky winner of a Millard fellowship from NYFA, the Non Fiction award from The New School MFA Creative Writing Program, and Best of Fringe Awards at the SFFF and the Audience Award from the NYFF. I made this PussyBow, about which The New York Times/Women in the World said "In addition to celebrating the beauty of her vaginal mucus, Clifford's PussyBow is intended to serve as a call to arms at a time when women's reproductive rights are increasingly under attack."
Currently, I teach at The New School and curate Experiments and Disorders with Tom Cole at Dixon Place. I'm making my first film and I put together two conferences about rape in spring of 2019. I co-chaired and organized Rape, Representation and Radicality for The Feminist Art Project Day of Panels/CAA in 2019. I also organized the Sexual Justice Symposium at The New School.
I live in Jackson Heights, Queens with my partner and our two children.
You can find me online on Twitter and Instagram at @cd_clifford, or send me a message at email@example.com
(top photo taken at Alix Pearlstein's Harem ROOM-1 at On Stellar Rays, bottom portrait by Lia Haley Clay)