Linda Mary Montano: Always Creative
Curated by Janet Dees
From Site Santa Fe‘s press release:
Montano has created works in a variety of forms that explore the interaction between art and life. At the heart of her practice is the belief that the strategies employed in the creation of and engagement with art, such as focused attention, openness, and awareness, can enhance the quality of one’s life, if turned toward everyday activities. Similarly, the experiences of one’s life can enrich one’s art.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated publication You Too Are a Performance Artist: Art in Everyday Life, produced by SITE Santa Fe. This publication will function as a performance art workbook consisting of newly created performance instructions paired with documentation of several of Montano’s performances from 1969 onward.
From her art/life story, chapter 1:
Once upon a time, a long long time ago, in 1942 to be exact, in a very small village in upstate New York called Saugerties there was born a girl-child named Linda Mary Montano…
WHAT LINDA LEARNED FROM THE YEARS 1942 – 1952
1. Parents change diapers, make trillions of meals to feed us, spend untold amounts of money on our clothing, education and well-being.
2. Adult art is a collage of childhood images, dreams, memories and needs.
3. Gratitude goes to our parents and grandparents for handing down their love of creativity.
4. Reproducing the “smells” of childhood that produced our early ecstasies is a subconscious agenda of artists.
5. There is always a creative way to empower a seeming lack of power.
6. Influencing others is a constant conscious choice for some and inevitably comes with age. Like it or not we are always visible.
Linda Mary Montano
Kingston, NY 1982