Artistry

[Image Description: This image is taken from a performance of "La Syrinx" during Arizona State University's Live Art Platform showcase on April 4, 2016. Lizbett is the center figure in the photo dressed in a black corset, she is sitting on her knees on a grey cement floor. Her hands are cuffed together and her face is blankly staring forward. In the foreground, a participant from the audience is kneeling with their side profile in view. They are picking up an object from the floor. In the background Chaz wears a dressy, all-black outfit as he plays his flute and reads the musical score on the music stand in front of him.] photo credit: Angela Ellsworth

[Image Description: This image is taken from a performance of "La Syrinx" during Arizona State University's Live Art Platform showcase on April 4, 2016. Lizbett is the center figure in the photo dressed in a black corset, she is sitting on her knees on a grey cement floor. Her hands are cuffed together and her face is blankly staring forward. In the foreground, a participant from the audience is kneeling with their side profile in view. They are picking up an object from the floor. In the background Chaz wears a dressy, all-black outfit as he plays his flute and reads the musical score on the music stand in front of him.]

photo credit: Angela Ellsworth

 
 
Everything I am and have been is manifest on the page, a genealogy of was. I am the producer, creator, author, and scribe.
Like a palimpsest we absorb the markings of our culture—their erasure never complete and traces of what was underlie our becoming. We are in a constant state of revision.
How do we embody the engravings of a process of moving through a system that is beyond our reach and seemingly out of our control? I'm fascinated by what we carry within us—that which is stored in the abyss of our cellular knowing—the traumas of intergenerational poverty, vestiges of enslavement, terrors of genocide, and the abuse of our mothers. How is such pain manifest?
The discourses of the state are mapped onto our bodies telling us who and what we are, but every change comes from imagining otherwise. How do we resist the coercive and punitive functions of the state? What emotions does this conjure and does this change our very disposition? What of the body? Does it sag, cower, and bald or grow, curl, and create?
The mundane reveals the extreme and the taken for granted reveals the simplicity. Erasures, fissures, and exploring the things left unsaid, my art picks up where dialogue left off. My plays and performances are grounded in the experience of the everyday and the material conditions which influence all aspects of life. My subject matter is mothers, motherhood, and non-traditional kinship formations. These women and their families are embodied historiographers, the conduits of historical memory that elide our material present.
My art peels back our layers of injury to expose our core of solace.