MPA (b. 1980) has explored a range of meditative, durational, theatrical, and actionist modes of performance to engage "the energetic" as a potential material in live work. Enriched with ritual, her performances and installations critically examine behaviors of power. She has proposed questions on the global arms race, patriarchy as governance, and the dysfunctional union of art with capitalist commodity. MPA's work has been widely exhibited, including the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Whitney Museum of American Art, Stedelijk Museum, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca. A frequent collaborator, MPA is a visible muse for many contemporary photographers, painters, and performers. She works in collaboration with the musician and artist M.Cay Castagnetto as the band MAL PAIS. After receiving a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant in 2013, MPA relocated from New York City to 29 Palms, CA to continue research of somatic practices.