18/19 Artists-in-Residence: Tim Smith-Stewart & Jeffrey Azevedo
Photo: Naomi Ishisaka
Tim Smith-Stewart & Jeffrey Azevedo are 18/19 Season Artists-in-Residence. Learn more about this program
Salvage Rituals is a meeting point of many years and layers of our artistic practice, history, and friendship. Salvage Rituals investigates the labor of queer bodies as performers dance exhaustively on a platform of piezoelectric tiles, actively powering the stage lights. As our society moves toward an increasingly unstable future, this work is a process of salvaging technologies and re-making mythology towards the construction of communal rituals that may embody what it takes to sustain our literal and spiritual light.
— Tim Smith-Stewart & Jeffrey Azevedo
Tim Smith-Stewart is a queer interdisciplinary artist who uses text as his primary medium for creating installations and performances. He was recently a resident artist in the spring 2018 PICA Creative Exchange Lab cohort.
Jeffrey Azevedo is a Seattle-based theater artist and the managing director of Washington Ensemble Theatre. As an actor Azevedo has performed in the Washington Ensemble Theatre’s productions of Cherdonna’s Doll’s House, The Things Are Against Us, and Teh Internet is Serious Business. He holds degrees in Theater Arts and Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
In 2017, Smith-Stewart and Azevedo premiered Awaiting Oblivion... at On the Boards and The Perpetual Insurrection of Claude Cahun at the Henry Art Gallery. They have also presented performances at On the Boards' NW New Works Festival, Risk/Reward (Portland), Velocity Dance Center, and Fresh Oysters Performance Research (Minneapolis), as well as installations at New Tomorrow, Erasure (curated by Lion’s Main Art Collective), and the Lofi Arts Festival. From 2010-2013 they co-created The Eternal Glow Project—a four part performance/installation which premiered work at The Seattle Center Next50, OtB's NW New Works Festival, and the Lofi Arts Festival.