CHANNEL, 2017, TRT: 7:43, Filmed in the Santa Fe River in Aqua Fría, NM, sound design by Luz Fleming

CHANNEL - Adobe, In progress, (adobe cast) 5 X 15 X 180 inches, cast adobe earth, hay, 2016, installation view at Santa Fe Art Institute. 

CHANNEL - Adobe, In progress, (adobe cast) 5 X 15 X 180 inches, cast adobe earth, hay, 2016, installation view at Santa Fe Art Institute. 

CHANNEL - Adobe (detail), In progress, cast adobe earth, hay, (adobe cast) 5 X 15 X 180 inches installation view at Santa Fe Art Institute. 

CHANNEL- Paired Terraces, 2017, Giclée prints on Hahnamuela paper, 16 X 20 inches each

CHANNEL- Paired Terraces (text detail), 2017, Giclée prints on Hahnamuela paper, 16 X 20 inches each

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CHANNEL- Arroyo, 2017, Giclée prints on Hahnamuela paper, 16 X 20 inches each

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CHANNEL- Arroyo (text detail), 2017, Giclée prints on Hahnamuela paper, 16 X 20 inches each

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CHANNEL- Gabion, 2017, Giclée prints on Hahnamuela paper, 16 X 20 inches each

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CHANNEL- Gabion (text detail), 2017, Giclée prints on Hahnamuela paper, 16 X 20 inches each

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CHANNEL- A Cartography of Language, graphite, colored pencil, collaged inkjet prints on paper, 40 X 40 inches

 
 

CHANNEL is a multi-media project initiated during a Water Rights themed residency at The Santa Fe Art InstituteThe project draws upon the multiple uses of the homonymic word to create a passage of sculpture, video, and sound that addresses the complex relationship between Hispanic and Native agrarian histories with current riparian rights and land uses. Research about ancient water democracies called Acequias, which continue to exist in New Mexico presently, was expanded through conversations, interviews, and site visits during my residency. The subject provided a very important opportunity to look deeper into my own Native and Hispanic heritage that extends specifically from the region of northern New Mexico ( Cuba, El Llanito, and Bernalillo). My experience and research was presented at The New School in 2017 for a symposium titled Making Home in Wounded Places: Memory, Design, and the Spatial .  The paper is titled Sharing Scarcity: Why The Ancient Ethos of Hispanic Water Democracies Matters Today (PDF link).