Projects by C. Finley


The Wallpapered Dumpster Project is an inquiry into urban waste, free art, and notions of femininity, beauty and domesticity. The simple twist of wallpapering a dumpster turns it into a work of art. In this way, consciousness is raised about the urban world around us and something that is otherwise ignored or loathed is transformed into a moment of unexpected beauty. Previous dumpsters have appeared in Rome, New York, Paris, Dublin, San Francisco and Los Angeles and have remained wallpapered for up to a year, depending on use and environmental factors.

“The simple twist of wallpapering a dumpster turns it into a work of art. I feel if this can happen anything is possible. This can raise consciousness. In my eyes, the ephemeral nature of this project delights me. I want it to fall apart and become messy. As it deteriorates it becomes an environmental rally cry.”

Check out press and coverage on this project (among others) from
The New York Times and  La Republica Rome



From LA Weekly “Dazzling” "nearly every inch of wall was covered in a superbloom of lovingly curated feminist art.”

The EVERY WOMAN BIENNIAL 2019 is the all woman and non binary art

biennial founded and curated by C. Finley. What began as the Whitney Houston Biennial, a wild one-night

event of art and performance celebrating women in 2014, and expanded to a two-week exhibition in 2017 in

the awakening of the #MeToo movement, will present its third iteration, titled Every Woman Biennial, from

May 19 - May 29 in New York, and a sister biennial of LA-based artists June 2 - 12 in Los Angeles. Over 600

artists are featured in the art exhibitions, a NY film festival, and events including I WANNA DANCE WITH

SOMEBODY Flash Mob in NY, and Girl Bands in LA. The Biennial includes acclaimed artists dedicated to

supporting women - Patricia Cronin, Deborah Kass, Marilyn Minter, Annie Sprinkle & Elizabeth Stevens,

Swoon, Mickalene Thomas, Betty Tompkins and more - showing alongside emerging artists and artists from

partnerships with Bard College, GenderCool Project, LAND Studio, Lower East Side Girls’ Club, and more.

Finley stated: “The goal is to develop a heightened consciousness in the art world favoring encouragement,

connection, inspiration and love. Every Woman Biennial is our rallying cry which aims to

bring together many creative voices to sing a collective song that celebrates the contribution of female artists

and marks a moment in our communal trajectory.” Timing with The Whitney Museum’s Biennial, the aim is to

extend the celebration of art and create even more opportunities for emerging women

artists. The Biennial engages artists, through a democratic open call, to cross-pollinate with each other from a

variety of mediums, generations, and racial and ethnic backgrounds. The salon-style exhibition features

painting, photography, installation, sculpture, video art, textile, and multimedia works, activated by

performance, dance, music, poetry readings, theater and film.



This performance piece involved the creation of custom latex balloons with 11 original designs as hand-outs  for the opening week of the Venice Biennale along the Grand Canal


FINITE & INFINITE GAMES is a collaborative performance between a choreographer, visual artist, filmmaker and fashion designer.  Visual artist, C. Finley notes, "The beauty created when choreographer, fashion designer, visual artist, and filmmaker come together is immense. This project is interdisciplinary exploration - a celebration of fashion, performance, painting, pure movement, technology and filmmaking." 

This collaborative work crosses disciplines and media platforms and at its heart are the philosophical musings of former New York University professor and philosopher James P. Carse based on his literary work, “Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility” published in 1987.

Check out the trailer below, and visit the following links for more info.



FURNISH is a public art project which consisting of a dance performance on sculptural objects and customized furniture. After the performance/intervention, the art objects - which include and are not limited to, Sculpture, Customized Design Furniture, and Original Paintings are left behind for the public to take - Free of Charge in Vienna, Venice Beach, New York City, and Basel.