for: Patricia Waters

Santa Fe Arts Institute [SFAI], July 2015

New Mexico –
White Sands National Park
Gran Quivira National Monument
Pecos National Park

Audio Design: G. K. Velush


sun dried terracotta [cast from my face]
[shaw & hood]
macramed military parachute cords
emergency blankets
golden mediation ball from childhood, wood, gold leaf, magnets
rocks [from New Mexico]

This work is dedicated to my mother Patricia Waters who passed in 2014. It was produced at Santa Fe Arts Institute and shot at White Sands, Pecos National Park, and Gran Quivira National Monument in New Mexico. It is a series that addresses the nomadic condition within the American culture, the practice of moving from place to place without feeling a connection to home. By always being in a state of flux and momentum an ability to view landscapes, language, and cultures through a diverse lens and absorb each in different. It also recognizes that home can be not just a place but the people we are connected to. The video includes private and public constructed rituals done at sites that have scared or layered meanings and are now open to the public. I wanted this work to honor the land and bring back a sense of sacredness.

As I journey with the VAGABOND character through each project, I hope to map a trail of connections that reinforces a feeling of unity while eliminating differences. Spinning a thread of commonality with each place and people, allowing a space to value and celebrate the unique fabric that makes up this complex North America.