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Sha Sha Higby pursued the art of puppetry and sculpture in her early years, then one year in Japan studying the art of Noh Mask and theater, then a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship to study dance and shadow puppet making in the villages in Indonesia for five years at the Academy of Music and Dance, lacquer arts in Tokyo and Kyoto under the Japan-United States Friendship Commission. an Indo-American Fellowship to study the textile arts of India, and a Pilot Travel Grants Fund from Arts International for Bhutan, the National Endowment for the Arts in Solo Theater Fellowship, U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions, Theater Bay Area CASH, and the California Arts Council., She has perfomed all over the world,Europe,Bulgaria,Switzerland,England,,Holland,throughout the United States,apan, Korea,Taiwan,Indonesia,Hong Konh and Singapore.
California artist SHA SHA HIGBY sculptures are intricate and complex, inspired by her experiences in Asia and beyond. Her unique sculptures are made to move with her living body as the driving force. Meticulously crafted over the course of years, her sculptural costumes use a variety of mediums including paper, wood, glass, enamel, Asian lacquer, and gold leaf. Higby combines visual art with puppetry and dance to bring together audiences in an invisible ephemeral experience. “My work is never linear. It’s very open, so people can interpret it differently.” Truly breathtaking and unlike anything you’ve seen before. See if you can find the words to describe it.
“Bolinas’ always mesmerizing performance art hero” – San Francisco Chronicle
“…attend a Sha Sha Higby performance to leave you feeling reflective, refreshed and inspired.” – The San Francisco Bay Guardian
“Assemblage artist and sculptor Sha Sha Higby’s performances are the stuff of opium dreams, like Where the Wild Things Are meets a Chinese New Year parade. Shape-shifting, embroidered, larger-than-life costumed agents move interpretively to the sounds of bells and props, as if an arts and crafts store were possessed by an otherworldly spirit still getting used to its new limbs and parts.” – Chris Tenchard, SF Weekly