Welcome to Summer 2018. It is hot, dry and windy in northern New Mexico, where we are in exceptional drought. And yet the beauty of the Land of Enchantment always enthralls and interests me.
Check out the new galleries and see the short video about the East Jemez project along with updated photos from the exhibit.
Enjoy your days…
Recently I completed a 16 day exhibition at Bandelier National Monument outside of Los Alamos, NM. Working with fire ecologists and forest mangers, my collaborator Shawn Skabelund and I created The Edge Effect: re-Imaging the East Jemez Landscape.
Collaborations between scientists and artists have become more popular in recent times. The two are actually closely related and my involvement in these collaborations is a good fit for me. As a trained film photographer, science, chemistry and logic as well as intuitive processes govern my early days of learning.
More than 700 visitors from local, regional and global travelers came to the 1930’s WPA fire look out to experience the building, exhibit, and the view.
San Ildefonso pueblo 2nd to 6th grade students, came with the afterschool program to talk about fire and boundaries and then went outside to name the trees and shrubs. Then down to the stream in the canyon bottom, to look for larve and beginnings of new life. The stream was coming back to life after the Las Conchas fire of 2011.
San Ildefonso pueblo students playing at the creek.
Local folks who explored the tower and exhibit came from Taos, Los Alamos, White Rock, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. Regional visitors from Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, California, Maryland, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Texas shared stories of changes in their state. Global travelers came from Italy, New Zealand, Lithuania, England, Scotland, India, China, Australia, France, and Germany.
The heat is on, fires are burning, winds are blowing and moisture levels in the sky and land are evasive. Soon the bark beetles will be coming, coming, coming... Read an article from the East Jemez project in the National Parks Conservation Association magazine:
"Harsh is truth"