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I have just completed an residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute.
SFAI have partnered with the Land Arts of American West program from the University of New Mexico on the topic of Water Rights and I was invited to travel with them as visiting artist. There will be a group exhibition of the work at SFAI in December. Land Arts of the American West, at the University of New Mexico, is an ongoing experiment and interdisciplinary model for creative and critical arts pedagogy based in place. This program puts students in direct contact with place of the American Southwest through Field Investigations, Research, Creative Production, and Public Presentation/Dissemination. During the program, students travel extensively throughout the Southwest for up to 50 days, while camping and investigating environmental sites, human habitation systems, and questions facing the region.
Methodologies include the melding of direct experience, critical research, creative inquiry, interdisciplinary collaboration, and artistic production.
We travelled together across Four Corners fracking-lands, to the canyons and mountains of Northern New Mexico and into the Gila Wilderness. We put art into experimental action to engage with communities, learn about place, and explore critical issues across these environments.
We started in Dinétah (Navajo) at Larry Emerson's indigenous permaculture farm right off the San Juan River. Learning from the Hogan and working on the farm. Standing strong in the face of toxic waste from the Gold King Mine Spill. I have begun working with the waters from the San Juan river in its capacity as a water remedy as well as with the video footage collected in the region.I was fortunate to make contact with Perry Charley at Diné College, Diné Environmental Institute to learn more about the Gold King Mine Spill, San Juan River contamination, and community health impacts.
My time with LAAW as visiting artist on this program was most enriching. I have held many remedy sessions with the waters and collected samples. I have begun to work with various communities here through the medium of remedy sessions. This trans-disciplinary residency has enhanced my artistic development through the access of specialist international and native knowledge in the field of climatic studies. It has provided the opportunity to work collaboratively with artists in such a new environment, which has expanded the creative possibilities of my current practice through a merging of art and ecological methodologies.This process has lead to new creative strategies in terms of future practice that synthesise environmental science, land art and cultural exchange as well as the sharing of knowledge and remedies.