Ximon Dunedain is a performance artist, dancer, and fine artist, and the sole proprietor of Icon Alchemy fine art and performance productions. She has studied numerous forms of dance and martial arts, including but not limited to: ballet, tap dance, jazz dance, modern dance, yoga, tai chi, and kung fu. She has been performing in one form or another since the age of 5, creating plays as a child with her friends during summer vacations, as well as participating in school plays and community theater. She was Varsity Captain of the Lincoln-Douglas debate team at Bainbridge Island High School in Washington State, and placed first in her district in both Lincoln-Douglas debate and Dramatic Interpretation. She attended Mount Holyoke College (1988-1992), where she participated in Parliamentary Debate and other public speaking events, and she was a teaching assistant for the Mount Holyoke Sculpture Department (1989-1991), assisting students in creating, firing, and mending lost-wax molds. She was also a foundry crew member for the same department, pouring bronze for the castings of up to 120 students per semester.
While she has gravitated away from bronze casting, for the time being, Ximon still enjoys creating in a variety of media, and in a variety of dimensions. Since 1991, she has created modern dance, pantomime, and contortionist performances and art installations for a variety of New England area nightclubs, art festivals, art galleries, conventions, and multi-media events. In addition, she continues to work in several two-dimensional media. Her illustrative work is profoundly influenced by the work of 19th-century illustrators such as Howard Pyle and Edmund Dulac, as well as that of comic book illustrators such as Bernie Wrightson and Dave McKean. She has shown her illustrative work in the 2002 & 2003 Maia’s Dream Winter Art Shows (at which she also displayed fiber arts), the 2001-2005 Arisia Art Shows, and at the May Fire 2004 Arts Festival. She has also been the curator of a four-artist show for the graphic arts portion of the multi-media event Paradise Lost in 2004, as well as the sole interior decorator and installation artist for that event.
Ximon is also a partner in the Art-in-Gaming company Owl and Crow, a founding staff member of the TempleCon gaming convention, and a founding member of the Atomic Immersion Collaborative, the creators of the full-immersion performance installation, the Orange Orgy, an all-ages colour-themed event at the science fiction/fantasy convention Arisia 2004. She was the sole designer and painter of the murals used in the event, and a performer and facilitator for the duration of the event. She is also a fine art model, and frequently creates her own costumes for modeling and performing, as well as engaging in make-up artistry for all events and films of which she is a part. She has been a “living statue” performer for the Reason8 clothing company, promoting social awareness through fashion and performance art. She also composes music and song lyrics, and on occasion sings and plays the violin. And last but not least, she has been a devoted live-action role-player since 1989, in a variety of role-playing systems and communities.