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Mr. and Mrs. Nelson (Excerpt), 2010
Audio Interview with Mark and Ardis Nelson, Video Reenactment by Peter and Jane Becker Nelson,
Vocal Performance by Mark and Ardis Nelson (16:00 min)


Mr. and Mrs. Nelson is a video and performance piece that explores the complexities of a 35-year relationship; the artist's mom and dad speak about falling in love, overcoming personality struggles, and negotiating compromises to make their marriage work. Donning papier mâché heads and hands, the artist and his wife reenact this vulnerable dialogue on film.

Award-winning composer Aaron Grad has written an original score that features Nelson's parents performing live along with the video. Lyrics and music inspired by their recorded conversation highlight the emotional impact of their spoken (and unspoken) words.

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson premiered at the Henry Art Gallery on May 28th, 2010 with two performances at 7:30pm and 8:30pm.


This project supported in part by an award from 4Culture.