In August of 2010, I participated in the Temporary Installation Made for the Environment (T.I.M.E.) Project in Los Ranchos (Albuquerque’s North Valley). Forage/Constellate was inspired by Apis mellifera, the sweet, sweet honeybee. This installation started with a series of dreams, including one where women were dancing intricate patterns around snow-covered beehives. The title Forage/Constellate came from my interest in the way that a solitary bee forages all day; as evening approaches, she returns to the hive to realign with her sisters. This project was interactive: viewers were invited to slip a meditation or “wish” into the honeycomb.
No Blue Without Orange
In November of 2008 I participated in the T.I.M.E. Project in Carlsbad, New Mexico. My installation No Blue Without Orange was at Halagueno Park, near the art museum.
The title of the installation is paraphrased from a Vincent Van Gogh quote: “There is no blue without yellow or without orange.” I found myself wondering if “nature” is blue, to “humankind’s” orange. There is beauty in the tension where the two meet.
In 2007, Silver City, New Mexico commissioned a Temporary Environmental Work (TEW) to be installed at the Murray Ryan Visitor Center during the city’s Weekend at the Galleries, October 5–8, 2007.
Rattle/Cry is a twist on the idea of a battle cry; I think of the sculptures as peace rattles. Direct inspiration came from the Chinese goddess of compassion and mercy, Kuan Yin, “she who hears the cries of the world.” I was also influenced by the sight of two rattlesnakes, while on a camping trip specifically to research this project… I took their appearance as a sign that I was on the right track.
All of these projects were made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.