Dyke Action Machine (DAM!)
Sue Schaffner was born in New York city and moved to suburbia one year later. Twenty years afterward, she escaped back to the city and has never left. Sue’s commericial photography (under the alias GIRL RAY) has been published widely in magazines and advertising and is licensed internationally by Getty Images and Corbis. In 1991, Schaffner and artist Carrie Moyer founded the public art-duo, DYKE ACTION MACHINE! (DAM!). Notable DAM! exhibitions include Mixing Messages at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Straight to Hell: 10 Years of Dyke Action Machine!, a retrospective originating at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Schaffner is an artist leader in Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program.
Carrie Moyer is a New York-based painter and one half of the public art project, Dyke Action Machine! (DAM!). Her paintings and public art collaborations have been widely exhibited and reviewed in both the U.S. and Europe. In 2004, the Palm Beach Institute for Contemporary Art presented her paintings in Two Women: Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe. Moyer has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including the Elaine de Kooning Memorial Fellowship in Painting and a Wattis Artist Residency at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Moyer teaches at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and Queens College.