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Cynthia De Moss of Duke & Dutchess Creations was in the We Live In Public film

Updated on April 21, 2016
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Cynthia De Moss

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Cynthia de Moss

Duke and Dutchess

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Cynthia De Moss - the Dutchess

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The Dutchess

Introduction to Cynthia De Moss

Cynthia De Moss is a multi-talented artist and one of the high points of her career was appearing in We Live In Public the much-acclaimed documentary film about Josh Harris the founder of JupiterResearch and Pseudo.com. I interviewed her for HubPages..

Please introduce yourself to my readers.

Hello. I am multi-media artist Cynthia De Moss aka Dutchess 333 of NYC-based art/media company Duke and Dutchess Creations. I have lived and worked for six years with my fiancé and collaborator Mark Pellici aka Duke Nine. Together we belong to a SOHO artist-run gallery, Ward-Nasse where we are working toward an eventual solo show. We also regularly create art work, of both large and small scale in tandem with several graffiti crews, among them the The Odd Partners and Three Yard Boys and we are currently participating,with the ever-inventive Hip Hop USA, in the development of a limited-edition line of graffiti sneakers, which will debut internationally just in time for the winter holidays.

Duke and I also have a few of our own fashion spin-offs under construction, including a line of graffiti-based handbags and other wearable gear, much of it oriented toward the promotion of various activist causes which we believe are essential to the health of our planet and the liberty of Her Beings. Collaborations underway as well with one Bard of Ely and Faylinn Pixie Pants Moonpath......

The Cynthia show

The Cynthia Show in NYC
The Cynthia Show in NYC

Duke and Dutchess Creations artwork

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Duke and Dutchess Creations

What exactly is Duke and Dutchess Creations about?

Duke and Dutchess Creations was conceived as both an art and multi-media company. The initial broad stroke vision and concept was this and we really didn't know exactly how that would evolve. (Do artists ever know exactly at the beginning?) Thusfar, although we have been collecting material in various forms, what you will see on our representative fb page is either mostly graffiti-based visual art or photographic offshoots and these have combined to form what has quite naturally become our most immediate and recognizable language.

When we first began collaborating, I was essentially documenting Mark's murals and paintings and playing around with the augmentation of the captured images.

Within the context of our collaborative image-making, Mark is the long-standing visual artist and I am the relative visual art newbie. While Mark does all preliminary drawings, paintings, murals, etc, and while we share the camera work, I have become increasingly obsessed with developing a workable creative vocabulary within the digital photo and painting editting/augmentation process.This has been fascinating and highly-gratifying, especially finding that, since I can work from home, I can actually work whenever and as much as I desire or feel I need to work, something not always possible previously while working in performance and filmed mediums. Since I am working on variations of a fixed image, often an endless amount of possibilities present themselves for exploration and perfection. Being able to focus in this relaxed and flexible way, occasionally engaging in marathon art sessions, has been good for both of us.

Isn't working from home wonderful~?!!!

Also, since Duke and I tend to have overlapping interests, concerns, inspirations and aesthetics, we find that our various themes arise and find their respective manifestations in a pretty organic fashion. Activist themes we are working with tend to revolve around liberty, peace and ecology.

Please say a bit about some of your past work and any highlights of your career?

Ron Paul

We have created work in support of Texas Congressman, Dr. Ron Paul's election to the American Presidency in 2012, for example. We also dedicated an album to support the work of David Mayer de Rothschild's Adventure Ecology as well as a preliminary album towards recycling plastic in order to save our oceans from continuing to be a dump site. Along ecology lines we have created artwork in support of Japan's healing process while also emphasizing the ongoing threat of nuclear power plants.

Cindy Sheehan

We made a Peace 2010 bag for peace activist Cindy Sheehan and another one to rally for the work of both We Are Change and Charlie Sheen as they push along with millions around the world for a new investigation into the events of September 11, 2001. We have created an album in support of a free Tibet.

We are also affiliated with Infowars.com and the media/ activist group We Are Change.

And we are expanding our use of digital mediums.

I have been an artist most of my life, beginning with my early years in Illinois. Most of my work/play has concentrated around time-based mediums such as live performance, vocals, voice-overs and film acting, often contributing content and direction to my projects, always seeking out new methods of creation through collaboration, brain-storming and improvisation. Although I greatly enjoy taking direction, I have always especially relished initiating projects and/or helping to drive them through to completion, which ultimately tends to involve an audience, and naturally leads to feedback from the public, whether intimate or more formal. The whole process and its potential impact has always fascinated and animated me.

Duke Nine gave me the moniker Dutchess 333 to his Duke Nine in 2006, just as we began to envision an artistic future together. The triple three comes from my actual birth time and has been a recurring synchronistic number for me all my life.

We Live In Public about Josh Harris

Prior to my Dutchess incarnation, my highest artistic moment was undoubtedly starring in several episodes of "The Cynthia Show," at downtown multi-media club 'Baktun," around the turn of the Millennium. This work was the culmination of a varied performance career in and around NYC and saw me surrounded by virtuousos of many stripes.

I have been best known for being an actor and vocalist, appearing in several films, most recently the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning documentary "We Live in Public," as well as several dramatic features.

As a performer and actor, I have worked at many diverse venues in uniquely ambitious works under many gifted directors, among them Amy Greenfield and Lee Elickson.

Amy Greenfield

Film maker, mythologist and performance art director Amy Greenfield hired me to play the ever-present narrator in a high profile multi-media piece titled Raw Edged Women, which played at NYC cinematic hot spots the Anthology Film Archive and the Museum for the Moving Image. Very much an exhilarating high point for me as a performer~! Just as challenging, energetic and action-packed was the long-running musical comedy show "The Best Sex of the Twentieth Century Sale," developed at Theatre for the New City and then touring the NYC cabaret circuit to rave reviews. I played the "angry, horny feminist auctioneer" as well as myriad twentieth century icons, something like eighty times and it was a joy every time~! An incredible ensemble of dedicated NY actors.

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Current projects and aims?
I am hoping to integrate performance into the Duke and Dutchess platform simply by composing toward that goal as ideas present themselves. (Expanding the platform is simple when there are just two people making most choices!!) We find that our images work quite well in the slide show format, especially since they can easily be presented in an evolving series, much like a word-based kaleidoscope. So we look forward to that next phase with excitement.
My next idea for a group piece involves the title "Agenda 21 Orchestra," and I am looking for other artists and activists who might be interested in exploring the themes of liberty vs. captivity. Liberty in America would be a return to a working Constitutional Republic and slavery would be continuing to loose our sovereignty and freedom to the whims of a tyrannically repressive international banking/corporate cartel. We are obviously rooting for LIBERTY~!!!

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I hope so! :)

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      dutchess333 5 years ago

      Yes, and coming from such an inspiring and utterly unique artist and apparel mystic, your comment is especially a joy, my darling friend. One of these days...plastique.....the waves....the fabulousness ~!

      Eh, Bard~!!!

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I am very glad! Thank you for posting!

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      fae mazuni starshine 5 years ago

      "Brilliant I love this Steve and Cynthia" :)

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      All I know is I am planning to get out of the horrible state of having to worry about money all the time. I am still looking for my "big break" but failing that a regular job would be wonderful! I miss having a garden too. There's not a lot you can grow on a small balcony.

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      fen lander 5 years ago from Whitstable

      I'm a bit the same as that.... write all day and all night and am broke (all the time). Well, it proves we're on the right side mate, dunnit...

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks, Fen! I just wish it all made me some more money! You would think I'd be doing well but most of the time I really am a "struggling artist."

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      fen lander 5 years ago from Whitstable

      As Cynthia herself says Steve, you work in so many different and fascinating areas -it's like you have a large warehouse full of ideas and people and causes and music and art and literature..... keep up the good work and guard that warehouse well :-)

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, htodd!

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Great post,Thanks

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank YOU for posting!

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      fashion 6 years ago

      Entertaining and inspiring Hub.Thanks for sharing....

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for posting your compliments for Cynthia, LadiHawkz!

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      LadiHawkz 6 years ago

      Congratulations my friend, since I've been a fan of your art for quite some time now, know your talents are awesome and beautiful to appreciate, thank you!

      You deserve this and so much more, wishing only the best always, as you continue to give your best in your amazing art! Blessings to you and yours.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Cynthia, I am happy to give you and Mark a bit of publicity here!

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      Cynthia De Moss 6 years ago

      Thanks, Steve~! You are the best and a true inspiration. You do wonderful work in so many genres yourself and you still find the time to interview, document and promote other artists with such finesse. Mark and I certainly look forward to our future collaborations and continued friendship!! Cheers to you, brother~!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Earth Angel!

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      Earth Angel 6 years ago

      What a fun, entertaining and inspiring Hub Bard!

      Thank you so much for sharing these creative, eclectic, free-spirited, socially conscious, independent souls with us!

      Perfect for a July 4th morning! Have a good one my friend!

      Blessings always, Earth Angel!