Marilee Talkington Becomes Living Art By Carrying Out Her In Vitro Fertilization Injections Publicly In Her World Premiere Performance Art Work
May 20th, 2013
Marilee Talkington, the award-winning interdisciplinary artist and performer, launches her latest work THE CREATIVE PROCESS: An IVF Living Art Piece on May 30th 8 pm 2013 at SOMArts in San Francisco. In this courageous real-time Performance Art work Marilee brings forward an empowering, and radical exploration into the issues of conceiving life. In publicly performing the still taboo, deeply personal and subrosa process of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), THE CREATIVE PROCESS breaks ground in the realm of performance and social dialogue about IVF, and redefines the meaning of “Life as Art”.
Encouraging transparency and demystification through baring her body and fertility journey, Marilee will become LIVING ART by literally taking her IVF hormone injections to the streets. This piece will take place over a 14 day period where every IVF injection will be visually accessible to the public and Live Streamed across the country on USTREAM. “There is so much isolation in this process. Even after 35 years of IVF procedures, people still have no idea what it truly involves and the intense highs and lows that women and couples go through. It’s about time to break this silence and taking ownership over this process inherently filled with uncertainty.”
On May 30th, 8 pm Marilee will do her first public injection at SOMArts as part of one of two full evening performance art pieces. During this performance, she will be unveiling her art installation inspired by a 1920’s broken down hospital room, which will be open to viewers for the duration of the two weeks. From May 30th-June 12th as the hormone injections begin to affect Marilee’s body, she will externalize her internal physical changes by transforming the old and distressed hospital installation into a vibrant and lush garden.
Curious what IVF involves? IVF requires women to do 10+ days of self-administered hormone injections 2-3 times per day. During these injections the eggs in the woman’s ovaries ripen very quickly, and after 10 or so days the eggs are then retrieved in an intensely delicate procedure, fertilized with sperm, and implanted back into the woman’s womb. With much luck, the woman will become pregnant. As women grow older, the chances of conceiving, even through IVF, drop dramatically (13% chance of conceiving for women over 40). So the tremendous emotional, physical and financial investment can result in either great joy or terrible sadness.
As part of this potentially paradigm shifting work, Marilee is extending a standing invitation to any other woman going through IVF injections to come meet her, either at the SOMArts installation, out in public, or online to do choreographed injections together. All information about where Marilee will be at what times each day will be available on her website, www.marileetalkinton.com. “I’m hoping to create an in person community of support and recognition for IVF patients. A community that feels fierce and fantastic!”
Talkington will also be injecting herself throughout the city. She has scheduled herself to inject at the MOMA, deYOUNG, Exploratorium and other San Francisco treasures. All of which will be live-streamed. “I’m injecting myself in these public places as part social statement, part community outreach. But mostly because these places inspire me. I can’t predict if this IVF process will work and I’ll become pregnant. But I can control what I’m doing while trying. These museums and public places are filled with exquisite art that move me to my core. I want to express my own creative ability while steeping myself in the profound creations of others.”
On Saturday, June 8th, there will be a second public performance at PUSH Fitness. This curated evening of performances celebrating “Femininity and ability to create” will also be live-streamed on USTREAM and will include aerial dancing, live music, beat poetry, martial arts, and Marilee performing a 10 character monologue about best practices to get pregnant. This show is free and open to the public.
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