You Look Marvelous!!! The Performance of Aging and Death
Linda Mary Montano is a performance artist whose raffish practices include endurance; blurring the edge between art and life; witnessing the inherent humor of the human situation; death; recognizing the autobiographical need to fix life through art; the aging body; changing the mind; and using Catholic imagery to speak to the mystery of the everyday.
In 1976, Montano began videotaping herself as seven different mythical personas, and in the last seven years, Montano has acted as doppelgänger to real, living beings, including Mother Teresa, Bob Dylan, and Woodstock rock ’n’ roll artist, Paul McMahon. These transformations have allowed her to question the uncertainty of the human ego and the flexibility of shape shifting.
Montano's newest book You Too Are A Performance Artist: Art in Everyday Life was published by SITE Santa Fe in conjunction with her 2013 retrospective Always Creative. Montano has taught performance art internationally and has written four other books on the subject. She views the seven years she spent taking care of her father as her REAL ART.
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