About the Artist
Linda Mary Montano is a seminal figure in contemporary feminist performance art and her work since the mid 1960s has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Attempting to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, Montano continues to actively explore her art/life through shared experience, role adoption, and intricate life altering ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years. Her artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual transformation. Montano’s influence is wide ranging – she has been featured at museums including The New Museum in New York, MOCA San Francisco and the ICA in London.
ARTFORUM: 500 WORDS
IT WOULD TAKE pages to remember and unravel my past traumas: near death from anorexia, PTSD, the Catholic Church’s failings . . . but needless to say, my art cured and continues to heal my life.
7 YEARS OF LIVING ART + ANOTHER 7 YEARS OF LIVING ART = 14 YEARS OF LIVING ART
This Robert J. Shiffler Archive Project, documents Linda M. Montano’s life/art performance 7 YEARS OF LIVING ART + ANOTHER 7 YEARS OF LIVING ART = 14 YEARS OF LIVING ART. The project includes illustrated narratives by the artist as well as, photographic and multimedia documentation about the performance.
I am so honored to be with you at the TRANSART INSTITUTE. And I thank Transart for inviting me to this inspiring experience.
I am inviting 7 collaborators, the 7 CHAKRAETTES to come forward and collaborate with me and in return they will receive a PERFORMANCE ART CERTIFICATE. (INSTRUCTION: Please hum any long tone as I read.)
As you can see by this video, I am enjoying morphing myself, I am enjoying abandoning my ego and identity , I am enjoying shedding my birth skin and trading my personality to be someone else. In 1975 this became one of my performance strategies when I sat in front of a video camera for a year and talked as 7 different fictional and international personas inspired by Duchamp’s female self, Eleanor Antin’s King, Diane Torre’s male drag and Cindy Sherman’s cast of characters.
I chose to be Mother Teresa because I always make art about my life and because I have a neurologic condition which spasms me without my permission, one day when I was doubled over, like this(DEMONSTRATE), my good internal voice said, “Linda, you look just like Mother Teresa!” And just like that Mother Theresa the Second, was born.
This video references my early work which has always been based not only on a visual component but on vow taking and structurally sculpting long periods of time. For example, Mother Theresa the Second appeared for three days, three hours a day…These kinds of endurance number games I began using in 1971 and continue 43 years later in my current practice.
My longest endurance was titled 14 YEARS OF LIVING ART, 1984-1998. The CHAKRAETTES will demonstrate the 7 sites of the 7 Chakras for us. (INSTRUCT THEM).
See website:www.lindamontano.com and go to 14 YEARS OF LIVING ART.
(CHAKRAETTES will now continue long tones to accompany my chanting.)
We artists have important jobs . We must thank ourselves for bringing so much joy to the universe and we do this because we are:
LEFT BRAIN AVOIDERS
FIERCE FOCUSERSNERVOUS SYSTEM REPROGRAMMERSSONIC CLEANERSSTORY RE-TELLERSPEACE RECONFIGURERSDEATH FACERS
INTENSE LOVERSBOB DYLAN VIDEO.
In memory of Klaus and in support of Cella at this time of her grieving, let’s all send a long tone of love to her. Inhale, let any sound come out on the exhale, we will continue the sound until it ends.
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