Waterdrop I, 2017
photography collage (photographs of bed comforter), paint
48 x 40 in. (framed)
This piece has a contemporary white frame.
Courtesy the artist and form & concept, Santa Fe.
The ground beneath my life and work is the grand, sensuous land where we live in New Mexico’s Ortiz mountains. Here, meaningful life experiences take place—sleeping on the soft earth with my family, gathering edible juniper berries and prickly pears, walking on the dirt and rocks in deep quiet. Between the expanse of mountains and sky, we are held. I strive to make my life a complete work of art, integrating the body, our essential possessions, relationships, home, and land into an aesthetic and meaningful whole that can be shared.
Throughout my practice, I have explored the bed as a place, a landscape, and a sleep terrain. The resting body acts as a portal into an intermediary, horizontal state; this is a fluid place, characterized by the sensuous movement of cloth. The bed is a rich site to contemplate materials, relationships, and the experience of rest.
I use photography, textiles, sculptures, and installations to capture the essence of these phenomena. Projects often incorporate hundreds of collaged photographs, painted surfaces, soft and found objects, botanicals, installations and communal gatherings that conjure a felt, lived experience.
When I begin to make, I look to my immediate environment, observing the material language of the high desert landscape and the nurturing, tactile experiences of our earthship home. Where does the land end and my body begin? How do the elements of daily life teach intimacy, engage the senses, provide comfort, heal, invite rest, and elicit pleasure?
During this technology-saturated era, and a vulnerable pandemic and social climate, I hope that my work creates memorable ways to re-attune to empathetic, intuitive, and sensual ways of being, and that embody connection to each other and our surroundings.
Height: 48.00 in
Width: 40.00 in