LINDA MARY MONTANO PROPOSAL FOR EMILY HARVEY FOUNDATION: VENICE
I have always wanted to be a Catholic Priest and have swallowed the patriarchal misogyny and exclusion of my femaleness my whole life. Seven decades. What
a great opportunity it will be to go to Italy as a female artist, to heal my inner urge to teach the Church to DO THE RIGHT THING! As a practicing performance
artist, I have always used my work as medicine, as therapy, as a way to fix what I felt was never right in both the world and in my personal life. For example,
I wanted to get to know my inner self better so I would often blind-fold myself for up to a week and live in this state of receptivity so that I could de-habituate
myself from the world of addiction to the mind. I wanted to feel life, not think it.
For this one month, preferable in May or Spring, in Venice I will, for 21 days, appear in Catholic Churches as a spin off of Bob Dylan, a male-me, and for
those 21 days I will "heal" the 7 Chakras-Glands that I feel have been compromised by the teachings of the Church that were of disservice to my inner wisdom
For example, for three days I will make a drawing of the first Chakra and bring those small drawings for 3 days to the Church, hold them and meditate for 7
hours there to heal all first Chakra issues that the Church mistakenly imposed on me and others. I will repeat this scenario with the other 6 Chakras.
At the end of the 21 day performance, I will burn all 63 small drawings outside one of the Churches, inviting the art community to join me in this cleansing/ re-
arranging of my, and maybe our thinking, feeling and believing. Linda Mary Montano March 2017.