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


A Whitney Houston -Inspired Art Show Puts Women Center Stage - The Observer

I Wanna Dance With Somebody is the third iteration of The Whitney Houston Biennial, created by C. Finley, which launched in New York City in 2014 and is now expanding to Los Angeles for a simultaneous bi-coastal exhibition. The 2019 Whitney Houston Biennial: I Wanna Dance With Somebody comes as a response to the awakening representation of women artists and is a rally cry for self identifying women artists to cross-pollinate with each other across a wide variety of mediums, generations, and racial and ethnic backgrounds. “The aim of bringing together so many creative voices is to sing a collective song that celebrates the contributions of female artists and marks a moment in our communal trajectory. The WHB is are committed to creating not only an exhibition, programs and events, but a new consciousness in the world of art which favors support encouragement, connection, inspiration and love,” stated Finley



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.