Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Words Heal: Poetic Therapy Spectacle

The thread that runs through the mission of Lady Terror?
I believe words have the ability to heal and words hold extreme power.

The stunts and spectacles that I attempt to create serve specific goals: to raise awareness, to connect community and provide a creative solution to our social issues. With all that said, I simply wanted to serve and empower human beings to connect with their potential. The medium that I experimented with when developing the persona of Lady Terror was Performance Art. I found this cool definition for Performance Art:
"Performance Art was a global term, and its definition a bit more specific. "Performance Art" meant that it was live, and it was art, not theater. Performance Art also meant that it was art that could not be bought, sold or traded as a commodity. Actually, the latter sentence is of major importance. Performance artists saw (and see) the movement as a means of taking their art directly to a public forum, thus completely eliminating the need for galleries, agents, brokers, tax accountants and any other aspect of capitalism. It's a sort of social commentary on the purity of art."
So, the stunts started organically once I decided to use the bullhorn and soapbox as the symbols for the mission.

My next stunt is coming Spring 2013 and involves:
  •  a typewriter
  • mobile office with desk and chair
  • original poetry written
  • poetry from my favs (Sonia Sanchez, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lansgton Hughes, Wanda Coleman and more.)
  • the streets of Atlanta
Photo I snapped at the East Point, Georgia Historical Society
I will be outside with a mobile office ready to type poems, chants, affirmations and other word science to help heal particular issues of passer-bys. I will also create community participation by leading mini poetry workshops filled with writing prompts.  The concept of Poetry Therapy examines the power of language. It is one of the dopest therapeutic tools. Peep the National Association of Poetry Therapy if you are interested in learning more.

The deets:
  • I love stunts and shaking up the mundane rituals of daily life in shocking and unexpected ways.
  • April/May 2013 The Words Heal Stunt will take place on streets in hoods through out Atlanta.
  • Schedule of dates, location and times will be posted here (if you are in Atlanta area and have location ideas or requests email me at
Has a book or poem ever changed your life in any way? Share the names below. I would love to read them.  

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Artist Statement

I create art for the ones who lost their voice a long time ago. I believe that impromptu spectacles can bring awareness to social justice issues that paralyze our communities. Lady Terror examines the relationship between public space and performance space and also explores ranting as a medium to address social issues and as a tool to empower communities. My art is local and neighborhood specific in its execution but global in its ideas around poverty, injustice and violence.