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.


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…


PechaKucha 20×20 New Haven: Modern Myth Making

PechaKucha 20×20 New Haven
Wed., January 29th, 2014
Bentera @ 6:30 PM [directions HERE]
[Facebook event page]

I will be going a group of talented artists and innovative minds at PechaKucha‘s event giving a presentation titled, Modern Myth Making: Process & selected works 

Here is a list of some of the other artists and innovative thinkers speaking:

Mitz Carr … Rowing Is Life Well Lived,
Patrick Foley on Flavor and Fragrance through Sustainable Chemistry,
Giada Crispiels on Residencies for Artists,
Craig Borkenhagen … Watercolors,
Lani Asuncion on Modern Myth Making,
Ray Zhou and Aicha Woods find Beauty in Ice for us,
Mark Williams talks about Caving’s Influence on his Art,
Eric Zeiberg … Giving a Voice to People Without One,
Daniel Eugene brings us Line Drawings and Spoken Word,
and Gale Zucker shows us the wonder of Nash Island Sheep.
Yeah, you really don’t want to miss this.
With trumpeter Timothy Kane,
Technical wizardry provided by Eli Whitney Museum,
Beautification by Design Monsters,
Persuasive writing and exhortation by George Kouros,
Remarkably effective wrangling by Aicha Woods.

Hope to see you there! If you cannot make it I will be posting the documentation of my presentation and the slides.

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.


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.


DAY O1  

01.03.13  [ Thurs. ]

After having the privilege of spending the night and afternoon in Portland, OR I headed back to the Portland International Airport (PDX) to meet up with fellow AiR Jimmy Newborg to take the 3 hour bus ride to Redmond Airport where we were picked up by Caldera facility coordinator  Kathy Spezza who took us the remainder of 52 min. to Sister.

We arrived in the dark of the night at 8:00PM so nothing was visible but snow covered roads and dark silhouette of trees. Kathy drove us to a row of 4 A-frame cabins where Jimmy and I had our names written in green on a white card pinned to the left of each door…at the right of the entrance was a stack of wood, kindling, & an ax; for some reason the first glance of this made my heart jump to think of the ‘rustic’ condition I would be living in for the next month. Once I walked in my fears were subsided by a warm welcoming cabin FULLY furnished & with central heating and an optional hearth fire. Each artists, unless coming as a couple or collaborative group, has their own cabin & 24-hr. assessable studio. The studio’s are immensely spacious and depending on which location you choose will have access to a downstairs floor area and an upstairs loft space. AiR John Berendzen has chose to take the entire Hearth Arts Center as his studio, using the expansive wooden constructed rooms to create his audio works within.

DAY 02  

01.04.13 [ Fri. ]

The moment I walked into my cottage I felt that I can create and think clearly in this place. The stillness and silence I take as a privilege, a rare thing found in such a fast moving world. Here I can think and there is nothing standing in the way of that or consequences for taking the time to do so.

I have been fortunate enough to bond with fellow AiR Beth Loffreda who took me snow shoeing for the first time. I love the fact that every step is a conscious action and one has to be aware of what direction and route they choose to take. The landscape in Sisters, OR is breathtaking, we trekked along Shuttle Lake amongst the Ponderosa pines. 

The bulk of my supplies have been delayed due to ‘Emergency conditions beyond UPS control’ and there is no delivery on Saturdays so I will have to find other means to start working with, I will not let this delay me…I will find some way to begin working.

DAY 03 & 04


[ Sat. ]

The studios here are huge and I have been put in Studio B/ Dry Studio. I did not know what to expect pertaining to size and layout but I am pleasantly surprised at the immense space and setup. I am able to have one area for making the pieces for my video and the upstairs loft area for editing and keeping my equipment.

Due to the lack of majority of my materials I have taking this time to do more research on the geographical Sisters locations, as well as search more for any myths written on the 3 Sisters Mountain Range. It is amazing what uninterrupted research time can bring. I have been able to compile enough research to begin writing my myth on the 3 Sisters.

[ Sun. ]

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What a productive morning, I have written my myth about 470 words that will be edited and changed over the duration of this project. I am very excited to have the majority of this part done because it will serve as a backbone to the work as it begins to unfold. Once the text has been overlooked by my editor Jimmy then I will post it with other project progress.

After being here for a couple days and not really having the chance to get my hands dirty in the studio I decided to go searching for material around the grounds. The search lead me to the cardboard dumpster where I was able to find very interesting things to work with, not only did I find good stuff to work with but it was really fun jumping into a dumpster (a clean, cardboard only one). This has got my creative sparks flying and helped me get the studio setup and allowed me to embrace being flexible in my initial plans….check out what I found.