East Jemez Landscapes Futures Project
A Collaboration of Art and Science
Since 1996, the eastern flanks of the Jemez Mountains have been dramatically impacted by hotter droughts and fire severity far outside the historical range of variability. Over the past 20 years these major disturbances, driven by warmer temperatures and lower precipitation, have significantly impacted an area roughly 300,000 acres in size that crosses multiple land management boundaries including: Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Santa Fe National Forest, Santa Clara Pueblo, Cochiti Pueblo, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo, Los Alamos County, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The Edge Effect: re-Imagining Place in the East Jemez
The exhibit focuses on the historical boundaries that have fractured the East Jemez landscape thus fracturing the human community as a whole. Communities across this landscape have faced unprecedented landscape changes due to severe drought through climate change and catastrophic wildfires and intense flooding.
Dozens of lines of filament spring from the circular fire spotter to the square ceiling of the lookout, creating a vortex form. A thin layer of ponderosa pine pollen covers the fire spotter creating a perfect yellow circle and a map on a circle of Plexiglas protects and reflects lines onto the pollen. A crow flies with the vortex as the silent witness to the changes it has seen in the landscape. Of the 20 windows in the lookout, 12 are covered with maps that have been printed on clear film. The maps show the boundaries of landscape, fire, water and the defined boundaries of the inhabitants. The maps correspond to the areas affected by fire and flooding in the direction the window is facing.
A short video introduction of the intent and inspiration of the collaborative exhibit by Kathleen Brennan and Shawn Skabelund.