Roy G. Biv
The Virtual Artist:
Roy G. Biv
Medium (or Large, if he eats too much):
Full spectrum light macrame. Also knitting, crochetting and weaving.
Most Recent Work:
A three part performance based on the story of Rumpelstiltskin that
involves spinning sunbeams into a room-full of balls of yarn. When
asked about the deeper meanings behind the work, he answered: "I was
making my own portable light sources. That way I can make sweaters
wherever I am."
Originally born in Seattle, his childhood experience of light
deprivation often motivates his work. He attended the University of
Arizona with a degree in Basketweaving (BFB), then with a taste in his
mouth for the sciences (and the well-founded fear that he would flunk
Organic Chemistry if he tried,) he earned his masters in Minneapolis
in the Lite Sciences. (An MLS, you know, those guys that come up with
lite foods.) Soon after his education he moved into a small loft in a
smaller town outside of Minneapolis where he found himself involved in
research on light boxes for people who suffer winter depression.
Eventually he had to move to sunny California due to scarcity of
materials in Minnesota. He has since then done much work to help the
light-deprived in the U.S., England, Finland and Alaska.
A line of chic, unisex knitwear called "LaMpShAdE" that is regularly
featured in fashion magazines, "...as light as it is warm...." ("The
Fashion WeatherVain", May, 1995). "Gotta have a day job," was his
comment to our reporters.
Roy felted it himself from fine fibers in the ultraviolet range which
glow in the dark. He can be seen strolling the sunny streets of Santa
Cruz with a big, curly peacock feather in the brim.
Submitted by Cwhav0c@aol.com, on Thursday, 1 June, 1995