Still thinking about my studio visit with Linda Carmella Sibio earlier this week. Such a smart, prolific, courageous artist. Linda has been living the desert since the 1990s when she had to leave Los Angeles after being diagnosed as "incurable" and threatened with being institutionalized for life – she isn’t your typical desert artist, but her work speaks to the condition of the desert. (isolation, anonymity, economy and freedom to do your thing) I keep thinking that this savvy lady should be supported by important art institutions (not mental ones!) An excerpt from her statement rings so true: "My philosophical stance includes the modern day ostracizing of the insane from a productive society. In ancient times the insane were looked to for insights and guidance, today they clean dishes and bus tables. We can learn a lot about our society and culture by how the mad are treated. As we dispose of human beings so then we go toward a disposable culture.The fragmented thinking of the schizophrenic is actually a window into the placement of our culture. We are living in a deconstructed world no longer thinking linear thoughts. Our perceptions are continually interrupted by television, Internet, video surveillance, the media – we no longer have a single thought. We think in a multi-layered complex pattern. In order for our culture to go forward the darkness of the dismembered body needs to come into the light. We need to fragment in order to become whole again."
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