Headlands Center for the Arts

Lara Mimosa Montes

minnesota | writing
Artist in Residence Program 2020

Artist Statement

My writing practice gravitates towards processes and phenomena that exhibit change or transformation as their defining features. How do we register, let alone describe to others, shifts in cognition? In my own work, I aspire to avail myself to the changes I feel taking place all around me, while documenting through language the moments when certain bodies and cellular configurations decide, often spontaneously, to materialize in ways that cannot be accounted for. It sounds abstract, but it’s really not: I’m trying to develop a language to describe a world in flux, and the deeper I engage in this task, the more altered I and my art become…

While at Headlands

I’m looking forward to working on a chapbook tentatively titled THE ARC OF THIS LINE IS US. It’s kind of poetry, kind of prose. It focuses on the tension between being with others and being alone. I started writing it after spending some time in Vermont alongside John Ashbery and Joe Brainard’s The Vermont Notebook—a strange collaboration. I love artist notebooks, and so I thought to challenge myself by keeping my own, but the more I revisited my notes, the more I saw my experiences and feelings intertwined with the experiences and feelings of others.

Artist photo by Rijard Bergeron.

Selected Works

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