Aquarius Funkk is a queer performance artist, model and makeup artist, who creates dynamic work for photo, video, and live events. As a performer, her artistic practice began in Portland, ME, and has continued to Mexico, New York and California. Her body of work also includes event production, art direction, hair & makeup & costume design.
Aquarius creates performances that are inspired by iconic artists such as Grace Jones, Prince, Sylvester, Leigh Bowery, and Josephine Baker. In exploring the possibilities of the body, the imagery that results evokes movements of afrofuturism, radical identity, and channeling the inner feminine & masculine. Her inspiration comes from numerous modern and traditional styles of dance, black music & culture, and the underground movements of vogue and queer nightlife.
Aquarius has a vast repertoire of cabaret, burlesque, vogue, impersonation, conceptual & performance art acts. She thrives on improvisation and body intelligence, and her work blends site-specific choreography, radical experimentation, hand detailed costuming, and theatrical makeup. Each performance is uniquely crafted and staged accordingly for small venues, theaters, nightclubs, festivals, street performance, and any dance floor in between.
Notably, Aquarius has collaborated with performance art troupe La Pocha Nostra in Mexico and the US, most recently at the Santa Fe Art Institute in August 2017. She has also been featured in Maine publication Dispatch Magazine, and Mexican publications This: Travel & Style and Revista Fang. Aquarius Funkk is a current member of the Pioneering Royal House of LaBeija.