Dana Mattson and Bev Mattson
Dakota Art Gallery Show
Dana and Mom get in the Basket
Momma, I have to write an artist statement
about our show and I don’t know where to begin.
It would help if they put some words in off the line.
Like off the cuff?
Well, I’m not sure how to “off the cuff” here…
You choose your mother as your art collaborator
and it’s like choosing velcro…memories and images,
births, deaths, first and last recorded dreams
all come forward.
Outta the box!
Yes, it’s all come outta the box and it’s not
going back in. Hello… Goodbye…
Art… Family… Aging… Dementia…
Just say I’m coo-coo, everyone in my family was coo-coo.
I am in your family…
Is this the artist statement?
Yes, you can change the words each time.
Change the words… change the language…
could this change the way we see
and think about the world?
Sing to your body…
Make it up…
Do you get it?