I, Courtnee, am a highly emotive visual artist, aerial performer, teacher, art model, mender and musician based out of Seattle, WA. I like tea, cats, baths, and talking about poop. Love Carlin. Hate Tosh.
I am an ambivert, high in imagination and in assertiveness. I like to collaborate, sometimes, and I tend to be a matchmaker and behind the scenes support for projects. I am socially apt and charismatic, however I tend to avoid large groups unless I am performing, involved in activism, or have some other sort of job to do (like event photography).
I am 37 years old.
As of 2015, I embraced an itinerant life and moved into a van, now splitting time between couch surfing, Seattle, and living on the road, having toured nationally twice since 2015. A former dot-com hopping desk jockey, hacker, massage therapist, and wife, I now live a strange iconoclastic loner existence as a doer of things who thinks deeply, feels deeply, and lives life on their own terms.
I blog about my artistic creations and process on Patreon as a means to sustain myself as an artist. Patreon is an online support community and monthly tip jar, with rewards and exclusive content for patrons. You can both support and follow my work at http://patreon.com/courtnee
I grew up in Sacramento, CA, leaving high school freshman year with my GED in hand to enter the fast food workforce at age 15. I was a fixture of the hacking community in the mid 90’s, a bean counter for the dawn of the internet, and directed operations of a retail computer store at age 17. I was a freelance web designer beginning in 1995, I was one of the first webcams online, and spent most of my social time on IRC. My first Defcon attendance was DC4 at the Monte Carlo in 1996.
In 1998, I moved to Seattle to work at Microsoft transitioning client-based chat service networks to what would eventually become our modern web-based social media. After Microsoft I moved to a startup which was eventually absorbed by AOL, working the cutting edge from t9 enabled flip phones to now familiar feature rich smart phones.
I was active in the digital music revolution at the turn of the century, recording, mixing, and releasing independent music online, contributing to news articles, collaborating with signed as well as indy artists, and developing an international cult fanbase of a select few gen-x geeks and weirdos. I was formerly noted as “One of MP3. com’s fastest rising electronic allstars”, and it’s been said of me that I “possess the unique ability to virtually freeze time with her moving, highly emotional ambient landscapes, combining dreamy tones with an unforgettably beautiful voice.”.
Using simple instrumentation combined with an unforgettable voice to create more than the sum of their parts, downtempo piano soul, acoustic melodic soft rock guitar, ethereal macabre accordion, and ambient electronic undertones round out my unique and intriguing style. My solo performances are intimate, eclectic, and peppered with vulgarity and comic relief. The feel is often dark and reflective, yet humorous and hopeful. Similar vocalists include Sinead O’Connor, Jewel, Lisa Gerrard, and Beth Gibbons of Portishead.
More about my music can be found at my Press Kit on my music site, http://courtneefallonrex.net
In 2001, I discovered Cirque Du Soleil, and thusly, circus. Circus quite literally saved my life in my 20’s; equilibristics, tumbling, handstands, spinning fire, diabolo, poi, all did their part to challenge my relationships with alcohol, drugs, and self harm; not to mention giving me things to do with my friends and coworkers that did not involve one or all of those things. As a result, I’ve performed internationally as an aerialist, including Seattle venues ACT theater, The Pink Door, and Seattle Center.
In addition to a professional freelance career as a musician, painter, director and circus aerialist, I also served as an ensemble troupe member for six years with The Little Red Studio, and four years as the board president, co-founder and creative director of Vita Arts, a 501(c)(3) arts non-profit, producing “The Obsidian Show” and “How Art Saved My Life”, respectively.
By the time I’d hit my 20’s I had become deeply entrenched in a constant loop of incredible stress and self neglect, actively going out of my way to drown out how deeply I was abusing myself. While working 14 hour days in software with my forearms so injured I couldn’t open my own doors for myself, I decided that enough was enough.
As part of my recovery from that life, I sought out massage. The experience stayed with me, profoundly altering my course. During this time I also chose to explore many forms of mental health therapies (including deep psychotherapy, CPT, CBT, and constellations) to address my PTSD and severe depression, which informed the development of my practice to include emotional and neurological awareness in conjunction with manual massage therapies.
“I would like to be remembered as somebody who made the path a little easier for somebody behind me” – Heather Flemming