Mott-Ly, Kansas City, Mo., died May 30, 2007, at Truman Memorial Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. Born Lee Tisdale, Dec. 19,1962, in Lincoln. Lincoln High School graduate, 1981, earned BFA degree from Kansas City Art Institute, 1987.
His art, in the words of KC art critic Gina Kaufmann, "paid homage to the small, the discarded, the broken and the backward … Mott-Ly drew and etched, sculpted and collaged … Every detail was painstakingly rendered … He knew how to fill a matchbook with a universe." He had his first solo art exhibit at The Late Show, a gallery that always held a special place in his heart. He exhibited work primarily in Lincoln and Kansas City, including, in 2005, a "Retrospective" of nearly 100 pieces at the Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University and an "Aftermath, New Outside of the Box Works" at the Pi Gallery, both in KC.
In 2002 he opened MöMO Studio in the East Crossroads, where he displayed the work of new, struggling and underexposed artists and musicians, whose works were often on the gritty edge. In the late 1980s, he started, with Archer Prewitt, the band Mudhead, for which he was the lead vocalist, and in the 1990s he hosted the show "Susan" at KKFI radio in KC. Beset all of his life by physical challenges, he inspired and instilled - through his humility, courage and humor - love in all who met him. He fought constantly for social justice, and he harbored all, animals as well as humans, who sought refuge in his space.
Survivors: mother, step-father, Christy and Richard Hargesheimer; father, step-mother, Charles Tisdale and Jean Dunekacke; brother, sister-in-law, Paul and Carla Tisdale; niece, Jocelyn; grandmother, Oriel Kinley; step-sister, step-brother, Stacey Hargesheimer, Josh Hargesheimer; countless special friends throughout the universe.
Celebration of life, Kansas City: 5:30 p.m. Friday, beginning with a Buddhist prayer service, Rime Buddhist Center, 700 W. Pennway, followed by a parade led by The Dirty Force Band starting outside YJ's, 128 W. 18th St., proceeding east on 18th Street and ending at The Late Show, 1600 Cherry.
Celebration of life service, Lincoln: 2 p.m. June 23, the Unitarian Church, 6300 A St. Memorials, in lieu of flowers to: Rime Buddhist Center, Kansas City; Nebraska Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation, Lincoln; services, shelters for the homeless; donors choice. Cremation. Marts Memorial Services, Kansas City, Missouri (816.561.8181).
Published in Lincoln Journal Star on Jun. 6, 2007.