The LAist Interview Special Edition: Ms. Vaginal Davis
LAist is proud to publish the LAist Interview featuring a local and international legend who needs no introduction: Vaginal Davis.
Performer, writer, DJ, hostess, artist, icon, splendid raconteur—Ms. Davis has done it all.
As part of the Silver Lake Film Festival, Ms. Davis will be righteously honored as she prepares to leave our fine shores for Berlin, Germany. Be sure to check out her specially selected experimental films at the Vaginal Davis Career Retrospectacle this Saturday night at the ArcLight Cinemas and Annex.
Following the interactive screening, help give Ms. Davis a suitable sendoff at the “Farewell to a Diva” celebration. (Rest assured, the event takes place after sundown, thus accommodating those observing Yom Kippur.) It’s shaping up to be a tremendous affair. The demented hostessa has already committed to encourage “public nudity, inappropriate displays of affection and miscegenation” during the guaranteed-to-be-memorable evening.
We're thrilled to have caught up with Ms. Davis before the So Cal region mourns her absence. That is, unless someone finds her an architectural gem to inhabit (read below). Even after she calls another city home, however, Vaginal Davis will always remain a part of our collective LA consciousness and soul.
01. Age and Occupation:
I have lived in human form for over 437 years. Ever so often I must dematerialize and return to my natural state as a bellatine lifeforce entity. My wrath is as fearsome as my countenance is splendid.
I work as a live artist, cultural critic and independent curator.
02. You’ve been described as "an essential component of the city's texture." You earned this reputation through your life’s work and having lived in numerous parts of town. Which neighborhoods have you called home over the years, and where do you currently live?
I’ve lived in South Central Los Angeles, Watts in the Jordan Downs project, East Los Angeles, in the famous Ramona Gardens project, the house designed in the 30s by Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright, Korea Town, Los Feliz Village, the Sunset Strip, and now in Hollywood proper right on the infamous Walk of Fame.
My art studio is located at MacArthur Park on the 8th floor of a gorgeous building built in 1917.