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Isabelle Rachel Lumpkin, Artist

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I like your braids.
They connect me to my childhood. They also serve a practical purpose. I have to braid my hair to fit it underneath my wigs and headpieces for my performance work.

What kind of performance art do you do?
It’s a mixture of contemporary dance and elaborate costumes and props. Onstage, I shield my identity, so I can’t tell you everything about my performance character.

So you’re disguised when you perform?
Yeah, nobody knows it’s me. Nobody? I’d say my family and friends and a handful of people in New York.

Do you always have an alibi when you’re performing?
Mm-hmm.

Will there be a day when you reveal yourself?
I hope not.

Interview by Rachel Baker


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