Imaginary Conversations with Mary Overlie

On the passing of a mentor and how art lives after dying

Two black and white portraits of women with hair pulled back, looking into the camera.
1Image courtesy the author, including photo by Peggy Jarrell Kaplan.

Image courtesy the author.


  • March 2020: Pandemic begins? MANCC canceled. Everything canceled. Lockdown.
  • May 13, 2020: My grandma Marilyn dies.
  • May 25, 2020: George Floyd murdered by the Minneapolis police; weeks of protest, curfews, fires, white supremacist terror, National Guard, helicopters, tear gas, rubber bullets. Blocks and blocks of cars lined up to drop off groceries, donations, diapers, neighbors trading numbers. Getting tested, masks on my children, chunks of ash in our yard.
  • June 5, 2020: Mary Overlie passes away. 
  • January 6, 2021: Storming of the United States Capitol.

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  1. Disclosure: The editor of this publication was also scheduled to attend the residency as a collaborator.

  2. Mary Overlie, Standing in Space: The Six Viewpoints Theory & Practice (New York, 2016), 119.

  3. Rosemary Quinn, Wendell Beavers, Paul Langland, Lisa Sokolov, Kevin Kuhlke, Catherine Coray, Terry Knickerbocker, Raïna von Waldenburg.

Erin Search-Wells

Erin Search-Wells is a founding member of SuperGroup along with Jeffrey Wells and Sam Johnson. Their work has been presented at the Walker, Southern, Red Eye, Bryant Lake Bowl, Joyce Soho @ Invisible Dog NYC, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and multiple tiny cabarets and basements. We are into the horizontality of performance (as opposed to the traditional, often exploitative, hierarchical model), and we explore this both in our performance materials, and our relationship to audience. …   read more