Artist Features

Kaj-anne Pepper

Photo of person in bright pink dress and clown makeup kneeling on flat ground with sunset or sunrise in the distance

Pepper, Kaj-anne. Horizon Clown, 2019. 2020 Individual Artist Fellow, Oregon Arts Commission.

Originally published April, 2020

Kaj-anne Pepper is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, video, drag, installation, theatre and dance. Kaj-anne is alternately known as their celebrated drag persona “Pepper Pepper.” Pepper is a humorous and thoughtful gender-bending emcee, educator and entertainer. Through both a fine arts practice and a career in entertainment Pepper explores vulnerability, artifice, and identity. Pepper has received recent residencies at The Macdowell Colony, Playa Summer Lake, Monson Arts Center, Caldera Arts, Space Gallery in Maine, Signal Fire, The Lucky Penny Workroom in Atlanta, Pelican Bomb in New Orleans, New Expressive Works Residency, CON/VERGE at PonderosaTanz and PICA’s Creative Exchange Lab.

Courtesy of the Oregon Arts Commission.

Artist Credit: Kaj-anne Pepper