Headlands Center for the Arts

Marco Lean

california | writing
Affiliate Program 2017—2018
Affiliate Program 2016—2017
Affiliate Program 2015—2016

Artist Statement

One morning at home, I was mixing this kind-of elaborate pancake batter. I had to beat egg whites until they formed pointed tips. Then I had to fold the whites into the batter.

As I was doing this, as I folded, I kept seeing the egg whites return – here, and then there, again and again.

I think that this shape, this changing and recurring batter, fits as a statement about my work and process. Mostly churning up the past, looking for repeating threads, pulling up darker sections from down beneath.

While At Headlands

While at Headlands I will continue to work on the novel Beasts of Time Recurrent. This novel is about a lot of stuff. Love is a part of it. Failure and jealousy are both parts of it. Grief is a part of it. We are all of us constantly changing, and this novel asks: Who were the people I used to be? What if they tell me their stories?

I will also continue to develop a series of writing pieces in which “readings”, literary readings, are a part-of the subject, as well as actual reading, family history, memory, daily activities, landscape, and places like Butte, Montana, and Reno, Nevada, and Anderson Valley, in California, and the Basque Country in Spain, and my family’s background in these places is explored.

Selected Texts

Readings – Pain, Hospitals, Subjectivity and Empathy – Grammy – Anecdote as Measure of Wasted Space and Time – The Anxiety of Epigraphs and Collage – Milena: The Classically Trained Pianist. Fence, 2016. (84.45K)

Dependence. New American Writing, Issue 30, 2012. (133.57K)

Beasts of Time Recurrent, Part 1, 2014. (71.64K)
Bests of Time Recurrent, Part , 2014

Rumors, 2010. (2.05M)