Lani Asuncion uses video, performance, sculpture, and flora to survey how disparately cultures meet and mix to negotiate experiences of loss, transformation, and belonging. Storytelling is at the core of her practice, Asuncion evokes the human drama of post-colonialism and cultural globalism through her body of work Pineapple Girl and BLOODLESS performance series. By using her body and the camera she is able to navigate landscapes and recall personal stories that are constructed into abstract narratives used to explore her identity as a multicultural, biracial woman. Blending digital media with elements of nature Asuncion constructs interactive environments, like that in her HUMAN GARDEN series to present alternative perspectives on conversations around green spaces and urbanization.
Asuncion earned her MFA in art with a concentration in video and sculpture from the University of Connecticut in 2011, and is currently a Studio Manager of the Media Arts Department and Continuing Education Instructor in video and animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Her work has been screened in Another Athens Film Programme with SNEHTA shown at SUPERMARKET Independent Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden with Interviewroom11. Her work was recently shown and performed live during ILLUMINUS Boston 2017. She is an artists-in-residence alumna of Caldera Arts Center, Elsewhere, Santa Fe Art Institute, Vermont Studio Center, and Bilpin International Grounds for Creative Initiatives in New South Wales, Australia. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund grant from the American Australian Association, and Assets for Artists grant from MassMoCA.