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Masks, Puppets & Sculpture

In my spare time, I make little clay sculptures. Since July 1, 2010, I’ve been posting new pieces on my Tumblr: Facts & Figures.

In 2008, I shared an LA Drama Critics Circle Award with Patrick Rubio for mask design in Rogue Artists Ensemble’s Mr. Punch. That same year, I helped build and performed with shadow puppets for a Raveonettes music video directed by Chris Do for Gap, Inc. (watch it here) I’ve designed and constructed masks and puppets for several theatrical productions and helped teach a mask- and puppet-making workshop at the University of California, Irvine.

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I wrote my first comic at age 5, entitled “The Moo Dude.” It was mostly about a purple cow with sunglasses, a levitating coffee table, and an invisible rock band. Although not a popular success, it was well-received critically, most notably by my mother and grandmother.

Recently, I collaborated on two very different projects: Space Circus, a planned 5-issue series about a traveling circus set in deep space, and an untitled superhero comic with the best opening line ever. They’re both on hiatus.

Click here for more information about Cari’s comics.

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I’ve made marketing materials for the Education Abroad Program of the University of California (see all ads here), Rogue Artists Ensemble, Magic Theatre, Computer Economics, and many other fine organizations.

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(Excerpted from my Rolling Stone interview)

From 1992-1993, Cari was in a band called Laura. Formed by Cari (singer, songwriter) and her third-grade boyfriend, Mike (keyboards, harmonies), the group produced one successful album and disappeared from the scene entirely. They never toured.

In 1992, Laura released the Michael EP, named after their hit single of the same name. Other tracks included “Broken Down Volvo by the Side of the Road,” “Cruella deVille,” and a remix of the ABCs. Copies of the original cassette tape are incredibly rare, and Cari is offering a $100 reward for anyone who manages to obtain a copy.

In 1996, Cari formed another band with her friend Jocelyn (guitar, vocals) and brother David (drums, bad ideas) called JET. JET wrote one song, which they never recorded. And it’s a shame, because that song would have been at least 15 minutes long. The lack of an actual album did not deter the members from meticulously designing a series of tour ensembles and writing impassioned notes to all the people who had wronged them and would be sorry when they were famous.

From 1997-1999, Cari was the fourth member of Hanson, but only in her recurring daydreams.

Cari owns a guitar, a tambourine, a harmonica, and a recorder, and has taken harp, saxophone, and piano lessons. Unfortunately, she can’t play any of these well, which has never stopped her for a moment. In her college years, she learned to channel her love of music into a job in radio, instead.

Paintings & Illustration

I used to draw Curse of Monkey Island fan art when I was twelve. I’ve done other things, but I think this really sums it up.