An Eco-Sexual Dirge to Be Read Aloud
Linda Mary Montano (LMM) and Nicolás Dumit Estévez (NDE)
LMM: CHILDREN LIKE TO PLAY OUTSIDE IN BAREFEET AND SCREAM A LOT, WHEN FILLED WITH JOY.
NDE: Growing up, freedom for me translated into having the opportunity to work hand in hand with water, sand and salt, and mud, to shape and reshape, with a great deal of autonomy, my socio-cultural-spiritual-emotional worlds.
LMM: WHEN PEOPLE ARE 30 THEY THINK THEY HAVE TO BUY HOUSES, CARS AND TECHNOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT WHILE TAKING CARE OF FAMILIES.
NDE: What tying a stone during rainy days did was to symbolically castrate Saint Peter, and hence force him to stop urinating on us. We were not concerned with acid rain but with copious golden showers!
LMM: AT 40, UNLESS PEOPLE GO TO THE GYM, THEIR STOMACHS GET BIG.
NDE: I presently understand guilt in connection to sin, and the sin I am getting at is one linked to the perpetration of oppression, whether racial, sexual, economic, or ecological.
LMM: WHEN PEOPLE ARE 50, THEIR FRIENDS START TO DIE AND SOMETIMES THEY CRY AT NIGHT IN BED.
NDE: Personal sacramental associations with nature emerged from my grandmother’s former beliefs in how observing absolute silence on Good Friday put one in contact with a boundless source of Holy water.
LMM: AT 60, SOME PEOPLE JOIN CHORUSES AND SING OTHERWISE THEY TELL FAMILY SECRETS OVER BEERS IN A BAR.
NDE: During Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens’s workshop I found myself in the English countryside, together with a group of amazing Eco-Sexuals, having non-genital, breath and energy orgasms with the moon, the stars, and the sky.
LMM: AT 70, INSOMNIA OR INCESSANT SLEEP OBLITERATES THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN DAY, NIGHT AND DREAM.
NDE: Can you imagine a church where priestesses, priests and people in the community read from a bible that does not have words, per se, but that is entirely made from leaves, roots, veins, wrinkles, moss, feathers, skin, eggs, clouds, magma, rocks..,, serving as a platform inviting one to embrace biophilia; one’s love for life.
LMM: AT -------------, PEOPLE DIE SOMETIMES ALONE, SOMETIMES IN ACCIDENTS, SOMETIMES SITTING IN MEDITATION POSTURES.
Saugerties and the Bronx, New York, September 2013
About Linda Mary Montano and Nicolás Dumit Estévez
In a career spanning over fifty years, performance artist Linda Mary Montano (b. 1942) has created works in a variety of forms that explore the possibility of eliminating the distinction between art and life by creating videos, books, objects from past performances, live performances, workshops/teaching and spiritually deep ways of bringing sacred truths to her own daily life and the lives of others. Montano who was born during WW2 considers herself a child of the depression so ecology, recycling, living simply and conserving have always been her strengths.
Nicolás Dumit Estévez (b. 1967) treads an elusive path that manifests itself through experiences where the quotidian and art often overlap. During the last seven years, he has received mentorship from Linda Mary Montano a pioneer figure in the performance art field. Born in Santiago de los Treinta Caballeros, Dominican Republic, he was recently baptized as a Bronxite, a citizen of the Bronx. Estévez is in the process of becoming a full-fledge vegetarian and a committed earth lover.