The Overlook with Matt Peiken

The Beauty in Death | Performance Artist Edwin Salas

March 13, 2024 Matt Peiken Episode 139
The Beauty in Death | Performance Artist Edwin Salas
The Overlook with Matt Peiken
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The Overlook with Matt Peiken
The Beauty in Death | Performance Artist Edwin Salas
Mar 13, 2024 Episode 139
Matt Peiken

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Watch any of his performances or study his visual art, the easy takeaway on Edwin Salas is he's one disturbed artist. And how could he not be?

When I profiled him in 2019 for Asheville's public radio station, he told me about the rape he suffered 30 years earlier and about the murder of his mother when he was just 5 years old. Indeed, much of his creativity blooms from what he labels his “dark happy place” and is directly shaped by those traumas.

The Asheville Fringe Festival is just around the corner, and Edwin Salas is about as Fringe as it gets in Asheville. He’s presenting his twisted version of “Hansel & Gretel” in two performances of puppetry, with dolls he carved himself.

We’ll talk about why he never shields his audiences from death, even in his works for children. We’ll get into his recent artistic explorations through virtual reality programming and Edwin’s insistence that, despite his art, he’s far from a scary person.

SPONSOR: Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance returns for one weekend only with the premiere of "Before the Scream." Performances are July 25-27 at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.

Wake Up, Asheville! and ¡Despierta Asheville!  (in Spanish) are new morning newscast podcasts that give you all the local news you need to know in under five minutes. Both are free to subscribe/follow wherever you get your podcasts!

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LISTENERS: Have thoughts about this episode? Send them my way!

Watch any of his performances or study his visual art, the easy takeaway on Edwin Salas is he's one disturbed artist. And how could he not be?

When I profiled him in 2019 for Asheville's public radio station, he told me about the rape he suffered 30 years earlier and about the murder of his mother when he was just 5 years old. Indeed, much of his creativity blooms from what he labels his “dark happy place” and is directly shaped by those traumas.

The Asheville Fringe Festival is just around the corner, and Edwin Salas is about as Fringe as it gets in Asheville. He’s presenting his twisted version of “Hansel & Gretel” in two performances of puppetry, with dolls he carved himself.

We’ll talk about why he never shields his audiences from death, even in his works for children. We’ll get into his recent artistic explorations through virtual reality programming and Edwin’s insistence that, despite his art, he’s far from a scary person.

SPONSOR: Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance returns for one weekend only with the premiere of "Before the Scream." Performances are July 25-27 at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.

Wake Up, Asheville! and ¡Despierta Asheville!  (in Spanish) are new morning newscast podcasts that give you all the local news you need to know in under five minutes. Both are free to subscribe/follow wherever you get your podcasts!

Support the Show.

Support The Overlook by joining our Patreon campaign!

Advertise your event on The Overlook.

Instagram: AVLoverlook | Facebook: AVLoverlook | Twitter: AVLoverlook

Listen and Subscribe: All episodes of The Overlook

The Overlook theme song, "Maker's Song," comes courtesy of the Asheville band The Resonant Rogues.

Podcast Asheville © 2023

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