TM Sisters: Profoundly Unpredictable

It's hard to find a medium the TM sisters haven't touched. The Miami-born duo of Monica Lopez De Victoria, who is 31, and her sister, 29-year-old Tasha Lopez De Victoria, has at times dabbled in painting, video art, performance, electrical engineering, videogame programming, costume making, roller skating, and synchronized swimming.

Their performance piece Shimmer, staged earlier this year at the Adrienne Arsht Center as part of the Miami Made Festival, was the latest multimedia climax of the girls' aesthetic. It mixed a large cast of performers kitted out in sparkling outfits, the sisters' trademark video projection, a live electronic musician, and a bit of color-guard choreography. To suggest it came off like a Broadway musical on acid might sell it short.

Though a palette of bright colors picked from a Miami sunrise and an aesthetic inclination toward the sparkly remain constant, the sisters aren't afraid to tackle projects that incorporate unfamiliar elements. Among the projects on their to-do list: a feature film, a live tour, and a dream project of installing a major public work somewhere in Miami.


TM Sisters

"As long as we keep jumping into things, the net appears, and somehow the ­project starts to form around us," Tasha says.

Adds Monica: "The scariest, most exciting part of the projects we work on is that all of them have a large percentage of actually failing. We start with an idea, but thanks to things not working out, it very much shifts, so you have to let new possibilities come in."

The siblings also tend to incubate collaborations, whether they be other Miami creatives appearing in their work or the two adding their own expertise to other artists' projects.

"Sometimes we'll have conversations with people, and ideas just sort of blossom out loud," Monica says.

In that spirit of collaboration, Monica and Tasha's latest project is inhabiting the DWNTWN ArtHouse, a new space that will host the studios of a cross section of Miami's artsy who's who. The walls of the space will feature a large-scale mural by the TM Sisters. A solo show at the David Castillo Gallery is planned for next year.

As for what form that new work will take, well, you can't pin down these sisters.

"It's a really exciting moment when the work starts to make itself and show us things," Monica says.

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