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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City Wide Open Studios Erector Square

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CWOS 2014

Saturday & Sunday, October 25-26, 2014 @ 12-6 PM

Erector Square Studios
315 Peck Street
New Haven, CT  06513 [MAP]

Studio:
Bld. 6e/ Fl. 02/ Suit G

Come see my new video 3 SISTERS: SustainABLE and other associated works at CWOS. This is a entire weekend of viewing work and visiting artists studios, the building will be open showing hundreds of artists and their work, check out what everyone has been working on. I will have a number of new and older works for sale at a special price.

CURATOR TOURS

Sunday, October 26 @ 1-3 PM

Also my studio along with artist Rachel Bernsen & Megan Craig, Jason Friedes, David Livingston has been selected for a Curator Tour with Cathy Edwards, Director of Programming at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, CT.
If you are interested in joining this tour and helping support Artspace register and get tickets –> HERE

 

AOI Collaboration | An Open Invitation

I was invited by my dear friend Kasey Lou Lindley  to participate in the Sarasota Visual Arts e-mail collaboration, An Open Invitation  [AOI Collaboration].

This project was inspired by Miranda July‘s We Think Alone and mail art. AOI e-mail collaboration began September 2013 and was completed January 31st, 2014. Using text, image, video, sound, or a mixture of two or more, 17 participants — both local and nationally based – responded to an e-mail they received that was created by the previous participant. Below, each participant is organized into numerical order — indicating the order in which they participated and who created what piece, along with their bio [bio’s are found on the main Sarasota Visual Arts site].

The exciting thing about collaborating in this manner is you do not know who the other artists are and you have no idea who’s work you’ll get to respond to. I was given  Memo a audio piece by Regan Stacey. While walking into work that day the sun was shinning brilliantly, the sky was so blue, and the trees outside were such a bright vibrant orange; I thought, “The leaves could fall of any day now, how can I capture this moment?” Then I received Stacy’s piece and all I could think about was the beautiful vibrant orange trees. I grabbed a gopro, attached it to my head, and walked circles around the trees. It is great because some of my students stopped to see what I was so excitedly infacuated with, “The trees, look!”

AOI Collaboration from Lani Asuncion on Vimeo.

Now that the project has been posted I now see what Jeremy Fisher did in response to my video. I love it, and can recognize fragments of my work but it is entirely his own piece. I sat for a long watching the stillness of the foreground as the background moved just right with the audio, waiting and watching to see if the small deer would also move but I am glad it did not.

It is interesting when viewed as a whole you can see bits and pieces from everyone’s work, but no one knew what the other one was doing. There is something beautiful in common consciousness. I don’t think all of the pieces totally work together but there is a point where they all touch somewhere, that I find interesting. It is always great to be encourage to make things outside of your normal art practice. I talked with both Nicole Shift and Ben Piwowar and they both said that they had fun working on something they might not have done otherwise. It was fun to hear Ben explain his process of taking the original image he was given to respond to, and his reasoning for making certain decisions that all rotated around ‘having fun with it & messing around.’ I loved hearing how Nicole took parts of pieces she had worked on in the past and brought them back to life in this project.

I’m so glad to have been able to be a part of this project and look forward to participating in more like it in the future.

PechaKucha 20×20 New Haven: Modern Myth Making

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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.

OPEN STUDIOS: Erector Square

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Two events coming up this week that I will be participating in during City Wide Studios in New Haven hosted by ArtSpace in New Haven.

Friday, Oct. 11 @ 7-9:30 PM
City Wide Open Studios will offer curator-led studio tours to preview the Erector Square Studios where I am one of the selected artists. Guest are invited to attend a cocktail party hosted by Fred Giampietro’s Erector Sq. Gallery. If you are interested in attending please follow the link to buy tickets, all raised funds go to supporting ArtSpace.
http://www.cwos.org/curatortours

Sat. & Sun., Oct. 12-13 @ 12-5 PM
Erector Square
317 Peck St.,
Bld. 07/ Floor 02/ Suit 02
New Haven, CT

The second event is CWOS at Erector Square Open Studios weekend. I will have photos and books for sale at a special price for this event. Hope you can make it out, I would love to visit!
https://www.facebook.com/events/180826778770421/

Hope you can make it out to one of these events, I would love to visit with you and share the my current work.