Lauren Elder’s visual artwork has addressed themes of environmental change since 1980 when she began working primarily in collaboration with performers. Some instances: “Singing My Mother to Sleep” (1980), an NEA-supported theater piece, co-created with performer Nina Wise, contained a signature lullaby and slide show for endangered species, some of whom have vanished in the intervening decades. “Collison” (1983) also NEA-supported, was a parable about our mass addiction to the automobile and was staged with real cars within the parking garage of the Oakland Museum. Many others multi-disciplinary performance projects followed this trajectory. Several were staged as “walk abouts” in the environment, including Elder’s “Off Limits”, named Ten Best of Bay Area Theater for the decade of the 1980’s.
Water Rights 2016/2017
Oakland, CA USA