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LINDA CARMELLA SIBIO – Schizophrenic Brain Trust
January 17, 2015 - February 14, 2015
Linda Carmella Sibio’s visual art exhibit explores the beauty and drama of a dysfunctional brain. Her giant 12-foot paper mâché brain sculpture and intricate pen and ink drawings, which look a bit like etchings, portray the brain in various states, from contemplation to confrontation and confusion. In the work, the schizophrenic artist asks, “Is my brain damaged or just different?” The brain is a personal mystery, sometimes a friend, and sometimes the enemy.
LINDA CARMELLA SIBIO works in performance and visual art. She is very much interested in the fringe of society and how it affects culture as a whole. Her work addresses strong social themes such as homelessness, mental illness, suicide, mass murder, gangs, drug addiction, and prostitution. Sibio draws upon her formal training in the visual arts, theatre, and interdisciplinary art. Her performance pieces utilize film/video, music, installation, costumes, objects, kinetic elements, and text. Ultimately, in her performance work, she is interested in the raw power of human emotional contact.
From 1985 to 1996, Sibio taught the mentally disabled on the streets of Los Angeles as well as performed ten original interdisciplinary pieces that were extravagant and adventurous in their presentation. While in Los Angeles, she founded and worked with a group of mentally disabled people on Skid Row called “Operation Hammer.” Sibio also co-founded the Los Angeles Poverty Department. In 1997, she relocated to the Joshua Tree community and created another performance group, with Bezerk Productions, called the Cracked Eggs (2001-2008). While working with these organizations, over many years, she developed her philosophical ideas and, in 2010, started writing a related book, called Reflections in a Broken Mirror. Sibio’s passion for using the symptoms of mental illness as a structure for works of art has become a personal obsession.