the insanity principle workshops
taught by artist linda carmella sibio
february 10, 2018 at copper mountain mesa community center

Photo by Sarah Lyon, from Linda Carmella Sibio's "Origins" performance at "The Palm Talks" at HDTS 2017

Join us for the next “The Insanity Principle Workshop” taught by painter and performance artist Linda Carmella Sibio! Workshops occur every second Saturday through April 2018 in Joshua Tree. The workshops include a variety of multilayered psychological techniques, developed by Sibio, tapping into memory, play, and personal narrative as a source for art making. 

Classes are two hours long and are scheduled on the second Saturday of every month, with an upcoming class on Saturday, February 10th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. “The Insanity Principle Workshops” will be held at Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center located at 65336 Winters Road in Joshua Tree, CA 92252. No prior attendance or experience neccessary to participate!

Here is a description of the upcoming February class from Sibio: "This pre-Valentine class will deal with objects and their use in the forms of visual, performance and writing techniques. Everyone coming to class should bring an object to work with. Objects, when used properly, become symbols that the artist can use to give another layer of expression to their work. We will work with the objects you bring in various ways, including exploring how disassociation can be used in a work of art. Some exercises will include single focus, double focus, emotions in different parts of the body and the separation of the psyche from the body to bring surrealism into work. Hope you can make it. Bring a valentine thing and wear red!"
“These classes were initially developed when I worked with disabled individuals on Skid Row in Los Angeles,” says Sibio. “That project led me to realize that these tools, that explore personal experience thorough a variety of methods, are an empowering way for every genre of artist to harness inner creativity while digesting the insanity in their lives...The fragmented thinking of the schizophrenic is 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, the internet, video surveillance, and the media – we no longer have a single thought; we think in multilayered complex patterns. For our culture to go forward, the darkness of the dismembered body needs to come into the light. We need to fragment to become whole again.”

A $30 minimum donation per class is requested (all proceeds go to the artist). For questions and to reserve a spot, please email or call the artist at 760-808-5326. Find more updates on our Instagram page and Facebook event! For more about Sibio's past work and a wonderful description of past workshops, check out this recent article about the Instanity Principle Workshops in The Sun Runner, and this article in the Hi-Desert Star.
Workshop Description
The workshops explore the philosophy of chaotic thinking, multiple storylines, and insanity principle insights into how emotions work in the body. The class includes fragmentation, interrupters, and the psychological model as methods of making art. Participants should wear clothing that will allow them to move freely and do unusual things. They should bring a healthy snack as the schedule includes a short break. Attendees are also encouraged to bring high-quality drawing paper, Charkole, kneaded erasers, a #2B pencil, as well as any objects they may want to work with such as musical instruments, found objects, and/or costumes.
Linda Carmella Sibio
Linda Carmella Sibio’s practice investigates the fringe of society, exploring how it affects culture. Madness has been a dominant theme in her work, having been influenced by her own diagnosis as schizophrenic and her mother’s incarceration in mental hospitals in West Virginia during Sibio’s childhood. Sibio’s philosophy reflects a combination of personal experience and intellectual pursuits. She has been influenced by Duchamp’s “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even,” Foucault’s Madness and Civilization, Artaud’s The Theatre and its Double, and Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus. Her work addresses strong social themes such as homelessness, mental illness, and the underbelly of society. Sibio is interested in the raw power of human emotional contact. 
Sibio has received over 20 grants and awards including a Lannan Foundation Grant and a Rockefeller MAP Fund Award. Most recent grants received are the Wynn Newhouse Award and the Tree of Life Award. Her work has been seen at Brussels Contemporary Art Fair, Walker Art Center, Franklin Furnace, VSA Arts at the United Nations Headquarters, VSA Arts at the Kennedy Center, Armory NYC, Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Track 16, REDCAT Studio, and Scope Los Angeles at the Standard Hotel. Sibio has received media coverage in ArtNet, Art Week, CBS ‘Eye on the Desert’, Clinical Psychiatry News, Coachella Valley News, Colliding Worlds, Creator’s Project, Desert Post Weekly, Drama-Logue Magazine, High Performance, LA Reader, LA Style, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, MinnPost (Max About Town), New York Times, Palm Springs Life, Schizophrenia Bulletin, The High Desert Star, and The Sun Runner. She is represented by Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York.