In common with all new parents, the birth of my first child in 2016 changed many things in my life. One of those changes has been the way I and others think about my career as an artist. I find now that many aspects of the professional art world are closed to artists with families. Most prestigious artist residencies for example specifically exclude families from attending. Despite a legacy of public artist/parents it still seems to be a commonly held belief that being an engaged mother and serious artist are mutually exclusive endeavors. I don’t believe or want to perpetrate this. I like to imagine the two roles not as competing directions but to view them, force them gently if necessary, to inform one another.
I will undergo this self-imposed artist residency in order to fully experience and explore the fragmented focus, nap-length studio time, limited movement and resources and general upheaval that parenthood brings and allow it to shape the direction of my work, rather than try to work “despite” it.
100 Letters about Love
This is a project to help locate community in these uncertain times. I’ll be writing and sending letter a day on love for the first hundred days of Trump’s presidency. It is a research project on how to find love and how to continue to research and understand it. By rigorously exploring love as a principle for locating and fostering community I hope to dive deep into the resiliency, agility, and longevity of movement building as durational practice.
Delicious Revolution is a show about food, culture and place. We talk with people whose expertise in food comes from working with food as farmers, fishers, artists, cooks, activists, scholars, journalists, and more. We bring you in-depth conversations with some of the brilliant people that inspire the ways we think about food.
What are the lived experiences of struggles for food sovereignty? What does conservation mean in a changing world? How are rural food systems changing in the urban century? What does it mean to be young and Mayan?
Semillas Tzucacab is a participatory action research project based in Tzucacab, a rural municipality in southern Yucatán, Mexico.
Mapping Colors is an on-going experiment in place, design, and dyeing. Started with the series of dye work done at the Guapamacataro Residency in February 2013. Using plant material found locally on walks, forages, and drives down the highway I am interested the intricacy and ephemerality of how one understands place in everyday passing moments. The investigation opens up questions surrounding what aspects we know of our places and how we relate to them. It calls into questions the permanent qualities of mapping by return to a changing understanding of what surrounds us.
Satori Travel Guides
Traveling is all about experiencing new places outside of yourself and the internal journeys they allow us to take. In this series each restaurant, shop, or hotel is hand-picked because of it’s potential to transport you out of your life for a few days and into a place that brings perspective.
Satori guides are about the transformative potential of moments you have while exploring a new place. The guides offer a curated glimpse into places and experiences that might change how your life is lived. Each guide is a highly curated set of places, tastes, and experience that we know personally and offer something unique to the place.
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‘Invisible Labor’ speaks to the nature of the art preparator’s work, tasks that when proficiently executed, are rendered invisible. With this show we aim to highlight those sights and subtleties, and the fleeting tableaus that we, as art handlers, encounter daily, yet remain unseen beyond the profession.
In the last 50 years the Santa Clara Valley has changed from a landscape of apricots, plums, and pears to one dominated by office buildings of the high-tech industry. It has undergone a transformation form the Valley of the Hearts Delight to the Silicon Valley. Still Here looks at the experience of the farmers as innovators who have been and are still farming in the valley. It asks them to describe the valley as it was, what it is like to farm now, and what their imaginations hold for the future. This piece calls into question what innovation means as it traces a history of rapid change. Interspersed are the names of varieties grown here whose names tell their own stories of place, change, and adaptation. Juxtaposed with the map of shrinking farmlands in Santa Clara County printed on the floor, this piece calls into question what change and innovation look like by illustrating changing landscapes and the uncertain future of agriculture in the Santa Clara Valley.
Field Guide is a mobile story unit that explores how people interact with place based on their experiences of it. Participants will be invited to document personal reflections about the history and ecology of the San Lorenzo river. Our Field Station consists of a recording booth mounted to a cargo tricycle, with which to collect stories from festival attendees based on a series of prompts. These prompts will asked participants to remember, record, or imagine the river in ways that are both important personally and collectively to archive the complexity of the river.
In the face of economic and environmental crisis, and unprecedented rates of global urbanization, “sustainability” has become mainstream in urban policy circles. Our project analyzes Northern California’s role as historic inspiration, site of innovation, and contested space in the production of discourses of sustainability, with the goal of promoting critical engagement with the concept.
Food is the center of an exploration of color, and participants co-create the color study as they perform and experience a monochromatic dinner. A menu is carefully planned in to create monochromatic dishes using local, seasonal ingredients investigating the colors as an applied study that spans disciplines. This happen through the shared dialogue around the meals and deep attention to the color in the act of eating together.
I started the monochromatic dinner series in the fall of 2010 as a way to investigate color in an applied way throwing a series of dinner parties inspired by one color at a time.
These meals are based loosely on the work of Sophie Calle and make reference to the ideas of Gordon Matta Clark amongst others. The event is an applied and participatory color study. Food is the center of an exploration of color, and participants co-create the color study as they perform and experience a monochromatic dinner. A menu is carefully planned in to create monochromatic dishes using local, seasonal ingredients. Participants bring experiences or objects to share in a conversation.
Green Monochromatic Dinner held in the Spring of 2013 at the Center for Agroecology and Food Systems Farm as part of The Dinner Parties exhibition at Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, Santa Cruz Ca.