Out of My Mind: Getting Whole When Everything's Falling Apart; Queen of the Owls
March 27, 2020
Hosted by Diane Dewey
Even before her life cracked open, Liz cracked open. Her pursuit of what made Georgia O'Keeffe tick drove Liz to pose nude for Richard, the photographer in her Tai Chi class. But what really made her do it? In this new work of fiction by Barbara Linn Probst Liz has created an avatar in O'Keeffe, a way of accessing herself. It's personal, not political, so the going gets rough when Richard exhibits the nudes at the local art gallery where Liz, the married mother of two is a doctoral candidate in art history completing her dissertation on Georgia O'Keeffe. Why do we need surrogates in life to bring us to a place we want to be? What is the upshot of all this? The consequences to Liz's life, her family and profession mount up as she tries to get at the missing information about herself -- and the artist. Photographed by Stieglitz, GO'K faced the same questions of manipulation, objectification, self-deception and a desire to strip down. What are the missing pieces of ourselves now?
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At Dropping In we’ll explore diverse stories about identity. What makes people unique? We’re done with shoe-horning ourselves into preconceived notions of who we should be or being told who we are. Dropping In Stories are stories of self-discovery. They enable us to find our truth, re-configure ourselves to that truth, and becoming stronger for it. It brings the juice to re-imagine who we want to be. By listening to others talk about their own path, ours becomes less fearful. We’re always supposed to know what we’re doing, where we’re going, but we often don’t, and there’s no shame in that. We need a compass. Drop into the conversation. Create a new dialogue. You might get clues on your direction, the answers you seek, or even the questions you want to avoid. The adventure continues on Dropping In where unique stories become part of the fabric of diversity.
My most pressing question has always been about identity: Who am I? Growing up near Philadelphia with my adoptive family, my genetic identity was hidden. Then, my Swiss biological father, Otto, contacted me when I was age forty-seven in 2002. I’d been told by my adoptive parents that my biological parents were dead, supposedly to protect me. Meeting Otto upended my life. Through him, I met my German biological mother’s family to discover that her story too, had been changed; that she’d not wanted to surrender me and she’d searched for me all her life. Finding my truth was essential.
Based on my experience I am excited to talk to people about their own search for identity. My education includes a BA from Villanova University, a certificate from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I’ve worked for The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The SoHo Partnership and the National Academy of Design and have studied writing through New York University’s Continuing Education program. As an entrepreneur, I founded my art appraisal business, The Realization of Art in 2006. My non-fiction writing has been published in Shared Space, a monograph, and in Artes online magazine. Writing workshops worldwide have given me the chance to learn and hone my craft. My first book, “Fixing the Fates,” was awarded the National Non-Fiction Author’s Association Silver Medal and the Living Now Award.