SFAI | Santa Fe Art Institute | AiR July 2015

During my time as an artist-in-residence at Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) I began a new body of work titled ‘VAGABON.’

I wanted to reference aspects of New Mexico’s history particularly the Pueblo Revolt and dedicate this project to my mother.

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The process of these forms began with a cast of my face that I created three different mask from made of sun dried terracotta (red clay) and macrame military parachute cables.

These are the three mask of ‘SEARCHING, ‘ each has a different way of seeing & experiencing the world. The first is for exploring and finding ones way, the second is for knowing and understanding. The circular eyes mimic the Ouroboros snake that consumes it’s own tail, symbolizing self-reflection and cycles. The third is for seeing without looking, its eyes are closed but is able to see.

I also created a macrame shawl made of military parachute cables, it’s ends have knots like those made by the Pueblo Indians who kept knots in a rope to count down the days until the Pueblo Revolt. I had to use my whole body to create this piece, using my legs and arms to separate the cords then knot them in the right places.

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My goal before arriving to SFAI was to figure out how to make work again after the loss of my mother last December.  This process of morning and reverence needed to be incorporated into the work.

2015-07-22 13.31.20-1I wanted to make forms that reminded me of home. I came to the conclusion that I was what reminded myself most of my mother. So I used stones and my own body to form these ‘objects,’ creating a heart like form; then cut them open and filled them with my mother’s ashes.

Traveling through different locations throughout New Mexico I wanted to create a sense of multi-dimensional space. Bringing the viewer from below to above like a rebirth, a continual loop. I worked within abandoned Kiva’s, focusing on a constructed one at Pecos National Park. I wanted to bring back a sense of purpose for these sacred places that are now tourist attractions. Allowing them to once again be used for ritual and remembrance.

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Rebecca Solnit ‘s book ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’ sums up well my feelings as I journeyed through this project.

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Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. It disperses amongst the molecules of the air…The world is blue at it’s edges and at it’s depths.

This blue is the light that got lost.

The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude, and of desire. The color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not, and the color of where you can never go. For the blue is not at the place miles away at the horizon but in the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains…

Blue is color of longing for the distances you never arrive in…

…If you can look across the distance without wanting to close it up, you can own your longing the same, as you can own the blue that can never be possessed. For something of this longing will, like the blue of distance, only be relocated not assuaged by acquisition and arrival. Just as the mountains cease to be blue when you arrive among them, and the blue instead tints the next beyond…

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3 SISTERS Part II Kickstarter

THIS PROJECT WAS FULLY FUNDED!!!

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I am excited to share the news of a new project and artist residency!

I’ve created a  KICKSTARTER Project which will help support the new work,  3 SISTERS: SustainABLE, that will be in production at Elsewhere Living Museum in July. The funds from KICKSTARTER will go to making a new video & installation at Elsewhere as well as bringing a spot light on local organic farms in North Carolina.

ABOUT PROJECT
Part II of my 3 SISTERS Series will reference the North American and Mesoamerica story of the Three Sisters: Corn, Squash, and Beans. The stories revolving around these mythological deities describe how they support one another and help the humans that they feed from their harvest. The agricultural system of the plants complementing and helping the other grow is enhanced in a technique known as companion planting. I have done an extensive amount of research on the different existing stories and studied the different companion planting formations. In a combination of these references and my own personal interpretations I will create an abstract narrative. The larger issues I would also like to address is the use of GMO Crops by companies throughout the US and its effects on the environment. I am currently working on getting in contact with local organic farmers to obtain access to shoot on their fields, and bring focus and exposure to their farms.

 

FUNDING GOAL

The $1,500 + or more funding I aim to raise will go to the following:

+ Residency fees:  $500
+ Travel (round trip drive):  $250
+ Materials:  $250
+ Casting materials:  $200-350

+ Professional performer fees
**(Possible if extra funds are raised)

 

REWARDS

As gratitude for all of your support I will make the following items available as ‘THANK YOU’ rewards. 
Here are a couple images and examples of the reward book from
Part I; 3 SISTERS: Lost Myth:28 pg.
7 x 7 in. (18×18 cm)
Matte color print
Book Link ]
+ Postcards of a selected video still form the new video 3 SISTERS: SustainABLE.

+ I will go on a scavenger hunt to find secrete hidden treasures in the Elsewhere Living Museum and send a documented image of them. A personal ‘THANK YOU!’ video will be made complied of these images and reference to contributors.
++ With a little more support form you I will ANIMATE that object, yes it will sing & dance personally thanking you.

+ There will be a couple small sculptural pieces that will be made out of the materials used in the piece: corn husk, cobs, and beans. The first sculptural reward is wearable and upon request all of them can be made to be worn, just message me in comments.

Thank you for taking the time to look at this project and your consideration of becoming a backer!

 

DEVILS HOPYARD SERIES

My residency at I-Park Foundation was a very fast paced and busy one but I feel despite the loss of 1 1/2 weeks me and my peer group was able to make a good amount of work. Once I was informed about being selected for the May residency I began to do research on the Haddam, CT area trying to see what kind of stories I could find. Much like the dilemma with the 3 Sisters project of not being able to find a substantial original story I contacted the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and was lead to the book Legendary Connecticut: Traditional Tales from the Nutmeg State by David Philips (July 1, 1995), and found the story of Moodus Noises Devil’s Hopyard about the Devil’s Hopyard Park near the residency. The story I referenced my work on was the story of Dr. Steele, and how he loosened a huge carbuncle form the mouth of Cave Hill. 

Loud were the Moodus noises that night. The mountain shook and groans and hisses were heard in the air as he pried up the stone that lay across the pit-mouth. When he had lifted it off a light poured from it and streamed into the heaven like a crimson comet or a spear of the northern aurora. It was the flash of the great carbuncle, and the stars seen through it were as if dyed in blood. In the morning Steele was gone. He had taken ship for England. The gem carried with it an evil fate, for the galley sank in mid-ocean; but, though buried beneath a thousand fathoms of water, the red ray of the carbuncle sometimes shoots up from the sea, and the glow of it strikes fear into the hearts of passing sailors. Long after, when the booming was heard, the Indians said that the hill was giving birth to another beautiful stone. (190-95)

I also created a hood made out of 700 ft. of white nylon rope that was influenced by Haddam, CT being one of the main producers of fishing nets & mother of pearl button in New England during the early 1900’s. These stories, legends, and histories helped feed my work ask I began exploring the tucked away treasure of I-Park lush and extensive grounds and the Devil’s Hopyard & Machimoodus State Parks. WATCH VIDEO HERE

PRE-VIDEO SHOOT: BLESSING

I-PARK: May Open Studios

Despite the rain I-Park Foundation May Open Studios was a nice and intimate event, landscape architect/artist Monica Hernandez-Truitt’s paper sculpture become a soggy heap but she lucky took lots of beautiful documentation photos of the work be for the rain hit.  A handful of visitors came to see what me and my AiR peer had been doing during the May session.

The afternoon began with Tawnie Olson’s Skype performance with a clarinetist form Canada. Followed by a poetry reading by Tung-Hui-Hu, check out his collection of poems in the following 3 books found on Amazon HERE. There was then a tour of Alice‘s studio where we looked at her photography tests of DoF and distance of photographer and subject as performance. Then we strolled down to the lake to see Madeline, Monica, and Chad’s works.

OPEN STUDIOS:

I-Park Foundation: May AiR

I am honored to have been selected to be a part of I-Park Foundation (Haddam, CT) May 2013 Artists in Residence session with the following artists:
Monica Hernandez-Truitt, Tung-Hui HuMadeline Irvine, Alice Miceli, Tawnie Olson, and Chad Stayrook.

In addition to the residency they asked me to do freelance Videography & Photography work to produce the AiR Open Studios Preview Videos, I have done all the work form 2013 to current [find video HERE].

Here is the Preview video for my group:

Preview Video: May 2013 Open Studios from I-Park Foundation on Vimeo.