Living Arts of Tulsa
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8pm
On Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Living Arts of Tulsa, artist, Marianne Evans-Lombe, will perform Please Mind as part of the event ‘Fragmented Lives’.
Please Mind is a live performance created as a response to events leading up to the artist’s son’s diagnosis of schizophrenia; the diagnosis itself; and subsequent events relating to the diagnosis.
‘Fragmented Lives’ is a poetry event with the theme of mental illness curated by Deborah Hunter.
Please Mind – Live Performance
On June 19, 2002, my son, Tarik, was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was seventeen years old.
This story of my son, schizophrenia and the mental health system is told without words – in images and body language. The main imagery is that of the swallow – Roman symbol for a mother who lives with sorrow. The movements of my body come from a video tape I did of myself telling the story. I took movements my body made during the telling and turned them into a movement sequence. I created swallow drawings and filmed them and their corresponding shadows. The film will run during the performance. There will be moments of visual silence in which the only movement is that of my body, and moments in which the swallows and their shadows will intermittently interplay with my body; the surrounding walls, ceiling and floor; and replicas of cliff swallow nests that I created from clay.
The title of the piece is Please Mind, both a lament for my son’s mind and a sincere request that he comply with treatment.
Special gratitude goes to Alicia Chesser for the movement development and Rose McCraken for the film.
Photos: Rosa Evans-Lombe and Amy Ide