Friday, February 10, 6-9pm
@ It Looks Like It's Open Studio
13 E Tulane Ave.
Romanian, German and English are entwined in my head and my history. The words in the works are taken form these three languages. All of the words present are connectors, usually used to link words or phrases. While the languages themselves are links to larger cultures, the cursive script signifies the personal. The works evoke the contortions, fusions and confusions of experience. Within the works there is no hierarchy. Sometimes they are legible and sometimes hardly discernible. Letters and words emerge and disappear.
Larissa Mellor holds a BFA from Maine College of Art and an MFA from The Ohio State University. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including the Moscow Biennial of Young Art in Russia, the Universität der Künste Berlin, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the Ohio Art League. Mellor recently spent a year abroad in Berlin, Germany at the Universität der Künste Berlin as a Fulbright Fellow. She currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio, where she is a Lecturer in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University.
Tomorrow (Sunday at 1:00) is the first of our five "Technologies of the Self" events, the ecstatic trance session with Susan Josephson. We have a bunch of chairs and are ready for the big group it seems will be attending! What knowledge will emerge in this "operation" on the self?
Is this cultural appropriation of indigenous spirituality or the recovery of something lost in our 'modern' society? I would love to hear reflections, critiques, suggestions after the event. A discussion could develop here on this blog or elsewhere.
I also thought folks would be interested to see a few drawings Susan made as depictions of visionary experience. To the left are photos of two pen and ink works which incorporate illustrations of ritual body posture.
Reminder: for the best experience, don't eat at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the session. If possible, fast for the whole morning. -Seth