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Mary Prescott

Interdisciplinary artist Mary Prescott explores complicated themes of motherhood leading up to a capstone performance of “Mother Me” as an Artist in Residence from March - April 2021 at Lanesboro Arts.

Due to COVID-19, 2020 residencies with Mary Prescott and Wen-Li Chen have been rescheduled for 2021. This pushes back the residency program a year, so the next round of applications will open in April 2021 for residencies happening in 2022.

Motherhood, like any identity or relationship, comes in many nuanced forms. During her residency, Twin-Cities based artist Mary Prescott will further delve into the depths of motherhood through relationships, psychology, and sociology, in preparation for her performance piece, “Mother Me.”

Prescott will spend her month-long residency in Lanesboro researching, interviewing, and holding informal conversations with local residents about their varying experiences of (or about) motherhood. She will also film the Lanesboro countryside and Root River to integrate into live performance projections and choreography. Found objects from the area will also become set pieces for the performance. In this way, this performance of “Mother Me” will simultaneously be rooted in a specific place (i.e. Lanesboro) and anchored in the universally complex idea of motherhood.

The residency will culminate in a capstone performance of “Mother Me” followed by an artist discussion and reflective conversation on the themes and ideas surrounding motherhood. “Mother Me” is a non-narrative interdisciplinary performance piece that explores the complex themes surrounding motherhood through movement, music, and storytelling. This piece is a means to understand and grapple with questions and feelings pertaining to Prescott’s own mother/daughter relationship, and biological and sociological influences on identity as a childless woman approaching mid-life.

About Mary Prescott

Mary Prescott is a Thai-American interdisciplinary artist, composer and pianist based in Minneapolis and New York City who explores the foundations and facets of identity and social conditions through experiential performance. She aims to foster understanding and create pathways for change by voicing emotional and human truths through artistic investigation and dissemination.

Prescott’s output includes several large-scale interdisciplinary works, improvised music, an immersive multimedia chamber opera, a 365-day sound journal, film music, as well as solo and chamber concert works.

As Co-Founder and inaugural Artistic Director of the Lyra Music Festival at Smith College, Prescott was named a New York Foundation for the Arts Emerging Leader. She has served on faculty at the Goppisberger Music Festival in Switzerland, the Louisiana Chamber Music Institute, and is a Teaching Artist with American Composers Orchestra.

Prescott holds degrees from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and Manhattan School of Music.

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