At the intersection of climate change and health care policy, this performative installation kinesthetically draws a visceral snapshot of lived experience. Vector-borne diseases such as Lyme disease are on the rise as the climate warms. Coupled with increasingly divided health care access and increased burden of care, this poorly understood disease contributes to the rapidly rising contagion.
As the climate warms, vectors which previous may have died off in winter are less likely to do so. They are able to increase their range and multiply more effectively. Carried by more different kinds of mammals, these vectors increase their range at almost science fiction speed with the CDC now suggesting over 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease in the United States per year.
With no clear agreement within the medical community regarding parameters of the disease, wide ranging views are held about what the disease is. Medical health insurance companies, seeking to maximize their profits routinely dis-allow treatments which do not follow strict guidelines for which no guidelines yet exist.
Suzanne Morlock in performance with Sheri Brown will inhabit the space between 6-8pm and invite art viewers to experience this installation and performance work. The installation pieces in the space are created primarily from detritus from the illness or efforts to mitigate side effects.
Sheri Brown is a performing artist and educator. She is the Artistic Director of DAIPANbutoh Collective and the primary producer of performance art at the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts, where she is based. She has performed in a dozen cities throughout Asia, Europe, South and North America. Brown has studied with a wide range of butoh masters including Katsura Kan, Diego Piñon, and Joan Laage, as well as many stage theater artists of all ilks. Brown’s choreography draws from butoh, Noh, mathematics,metaphysics, shamanism, and earth-body imagery: a well of deconstructed and regenerative roots that energize the soul and offer a portal for transformation. Sheri considers her work as a butoh dancer, performer, and teaching artist a profound honor and compelling challenge, inseparable from her work as an unfolding human being.
Suzanne Morlock is a visual artist and social interventionist who entices human compassion via multidisciplinary works which expose narratives of vulnerability, dissecting and recombining sensory elements with a wry wit and a steady eye. Influenced by early training in Los Angeles and later the rural surroundings of Northwestern Wyoming, she currently seeks inspiration from the Pacific Northwest. Morlock seeks stories of place, context and humanity, her material choices trend toward the repurposed and ephemeral. Morlock’s work is often site specific and experimental and she has shown throughout North America and Europe. Morlock was featured in Sculpture Magazine in March 2012 and received a 2014 Wyoming Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship.