Pictured: Wittig Mengüç in photography study for her performance, Wake, part of ROT: The Afterlife of Trees at The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR. Credit: Yiğit Mengüç 2016.

Pictured: Wittig Mengüç in photography study for her performance, Wake, part of ROT: The Afterlife of Trees at The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR. Credit: Yiğit Mengüç 2016.

Kaitlyn Wittig Mengüç (MEN gooch) is a performance artist and puppeteer working at the intersection of the arts, health, and cultural equity. She seeks to explore the many boundaries which divide individuals across physical, economic, social, and political lines. Wittig Mengüç employs her background in theater, pupeteering, and community organizing to question the ideologies which shape, connect, and divide communities. She teaches, writes, and conducts workshops on topics including cultural equity and disability in the arts.

In an attempt to limit waste and the commodification of artwork, Wittig Mengüç's masks and puppets are largely constructed from recycled and reused materials.