As part of my interest in documenting the environment in which I live, I created the website www.droughtnm.com in 2016. Here you will find archived articles about drought and fire in NM and some surrounding states. Check it out to read how we are affected. Also featured this month is the landscape gallery. Take a look into the world I see when at home and traveling.
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"
News from Brennan Studio
It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me and I wanted to fill you in on the latest.
For the last four years I’ve been involved with my first feature film, Agnes Martin Before the Grid, which premiered in Sept. 2016 in Taos. Jina Brenneman was story creator and we co-produced, while I was director and editor. Through grants and donations from our generous community of supporters our film is a success and in distribution. Last year was all about the film festival circuit and screenings from coast to coast. Check out the website here www.beforethegrid.org
I have just launched my new website www.brennanstudio.com. Check it out for the most up to date projects and photographs.
THE EDGE EFFECT:
re-Imaging the East Jemez Landscape
In Collaboration with the East Jemez Landscape Futures Project
April 21 - May 6, 2018
Open Daily 10:00 am-6:00 pm
OPENING DAY APRIL 21, 2018
Bandelier National Monument
at the Historic Fire Lookout Tower
As the first Artists-in-Residence for the East Jemez Landscape Futures Project, Shawn Skabelund and I will be creating The Edge Effect: re-imagining the East Jemez Lanscape, a site-specific, place-based installation inside the historic fire lookout at Bandelier National Monument, just outside Los Alamos, New Mexico.
The Edge Effect: re-Imagining the East Jemez Landscape explores the drastic impact of drought, fire and flooding to the land and the inhabitants throughout the east Jemez mountains. Our entire state is in drought condition and land managers throughout the state are anticipating an usually active wildfire season.
Visitors will be able to record their stories of changes in the East Jemez for the oral history archives. Although I will be on site for most of the exhibit, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to visit, to be sure that I will be at the historic fire lookout when you arrive.
Cochiti Mesa Canyon regrowth after fire and flooding.
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.
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