Tess Bidelspach has an impressive collection of wigs. Her favorite is a red one with a bob cut; a coveted Christmas present that closely resembles the hairstyle of Nathalie Lake in the 1996 cult classic Mars Attacks! An avid cinephile, Tess’s multimedia art practice at PALS often draws inspiration from films she watches again and again, such as The Lion King, ET, and Ghostbusters. Her ceramics, soft sculptures, and works on paper are often characterized by a sense of angst and dark, campy humor, as well as a wild visceral energy. At times, destruction has been an important part of her creative process and finished sculptures have gone back under the proverbial surgeon’s knife to be stitched or glued back together with different anatomy. Tess’s specific subjects and expressionistic style uniquely merge her imagination and fandom, with gorey human/animal mutants, spiders, Christmas trees, homesick extraterrestrials, beach scenes, and small dogs.