the insanity principle workshops
taught by artist linda carmella sibio
april 14, 2018 at copper mountain mesa community center

Photo by Jeremy Gladen

Join us for the next Insanity Principle Workshop taught by painter and performance artist Linda Carmella Sibio! 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. Workshops include experimental writing, performance, and visual art exercises.

Here is a description of the upcoming April class: "The sixth Insanity Principle class will delve deeper into the schizophrenic model through the exploration of dismemberment using methods that are emotional, physical, visual and intellectual. For this class I recommend bringing something you have been working on and maybe are a little stuck with. Dismemberment as I use it is about tearing apart what’s inside and reforming it to be something different that has a more specific path into the subconscious inner world. I have a painting called “Holy Dismemberment.” It has a person with a spike down their back. On the altars around her are her physical self – her body organs. The goal is to put the self back together while rebuilding, growing and learning more about the world inside."  —Linda

Classes are two hours long and are scheduled on the second Saturday of every month, with an upcoming class on Saturday, April 14th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. “The Insanity Principle Workshops” are 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.

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.

A $30 donation per class is requested. For questions and to reserve a spot, please email 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, this article in the Hi-Desert Star, and visit Sibio's website!

The Insanity Principle Workshops
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.

“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.”

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.