These are work in progress photos of the ephemeral installation Falling Leaves. As I expressed in my artist statement, installations are really where I find my voice. From hand building my first leaf to the actual installation and beyond, this project was truly fulfilling and I am hoping for more of this kind in the future.
I was invited by Gallery Fifty Five in McCall, Idaho, https://galleryfiftyfive.com to be the Guest Artist for December 2017. The show Memories of China was a great success and several pieces sold.
It is wonderful to be connected with a community of wonderful and talented artists. My work can now be seen in this gallery on a permanent basis.
Thanks to Bryan David Griffith the show Fires of Change was exhibited one more time – this time at 516Arts in Albuquerque, a wonderful space with lots of great shows. Check them out at http://www.516arts.org.
The show ran from May 27 to July 22, 2017. We had a great time reconnecting and installing the show a couple of days prior to opening. Bonnie Peterson, Jennifer Gunlock, Saskia Jorda, Helen Padilla, Kathleen Brennan, and Bryan David Griffith were all there, and we had a blast. Thank you everyone for making this such a great event.
After our week long immersion into the science of forest fires, I had many ideas for this show. As time went by, and as I eliminated one idea after the other – because they either did not seem strong enough, or because they were simply too monumental – one topic still hit home: the 19 hot shots that died during the Yarnell Fire. Although this is a show about positive change and new ways of dealing with huge fuel loads and extreme fires, we cannot ignore the fact, that the way we used to do things has caused many men and women to lose their lives. And I wanted to talk about it.
Early on I decided to work in my medium, Ceramics. Clay would allow me to fire the helmets in a wood kiln, which, conceptually, would be strong. I started by finding a hotshot helmet that I could use to make a mold of. Mark Shiery, a hot shot who had worked many fires, was kind enough to lend me his used and battered helmet. It was important to me that the helmet had been in fires and as such carried the memory of them.