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Vanessa Bonet


Vanessa Bonet is a visual artist and creator of large-scale multimedia art and performance installations.

Working under the name Dedo Vabo — a collaborative partnership with artist Derek Doublin, she has created elaborate, large-scale art installations at Coachella and other events, both corporate and independent. Dedo Vabo specializes in absurdist conceptual art and is most well known for their installations involving performers dressed as hippopotamuses that destroy highly detailed themed rooms filled with mechanized gadgets, video feeds, and sound.

In 2015, Dedo Vabo created The Corporate Headquarters, a complex three-story installation/performance piece that employed a 140 person cast and crew and stood over 36 feet tall. It was named Best Art Installation by Rolling Stone Magazine and featured on the front page of the Los Angeles Times.

Vanessa has extensive experience with large-scale art and has been involved in the fabrication, set-up, and operation of a variety of recognized large art pieces and installations since 2004.

In addition to creating installation art, she is a digital artist as well as a sculptor, working in various mediums such as metal, fiberglass, clay, fabric, leather and paper. Her work has been widely featured in both online and print publications including Rolling Stone Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, TED,, Elle Magazine, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, Sunset Magazine and many others.

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Events featuring Vanessa Bonet
Events featuring Vanessa Bonet