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About 100% Contained

I am one of 11 artists working towards a curated exhibition entitled “Fires of Change,”
scheduled for September 2015 at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona,
and traveling to The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona
until April 3rd, 2016.

map-8-2015Progress made by volunteers crocheting and knitting a single line of black yarn to replicate the perimeter of the Gladiator Fire, Crown King, Arizona.

My piece, 100% Contained, is a poetic gesture – an organic line made by many hands – that intends to bring forth the beauty of a community effort linked by a common goal: raising awareness about the impact of fire on the land we inhabit.

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Birds Soleri Bridge.

Migration at Scottsdale’s Canal Convergence

Migration is my most recent installation commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art for the Canal Convergence event in Scottsdale, AZ.
The work reflects upon the ever-soaring creative spirit of our valley supported by Scottsdale Public Art and on the gatherings of people seeking rest and recreation, particularly the sense of community found during events such as the Canal Convergence each year.  The modular installations capture the spirit of play throughout the Waterfront sites, reminding visitors of fleeting memories of childhood and their own experiences of migration, while subtly addressing the reoccurring phenomenon of Scottsdale’s own shifting population and raising awareness on bird ecology in the Southwest.

Birds Soleri Bridge.

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Migration at Soleri Bridge.

Canal Convergence 2015 – Scottsdale Public Arts

“Canal Convergence is an annual series of engaging and inspiring free events at the Scottsdale Waterfront featuring innovative large scale installations by local and international artists, hands-on activities, live music, performances, and Artisan Market’s urban marketplace experience….”
For more information and scheduled events visit Scottsdale Public Art Canal Convergence 2015.

Migration at Soleri Bridge.

Migration at Soleri Bridge, detail. Photo by Saskia Jorda

 

Brainwashing, 2005-2008

This performance is an ongoing social experiment and has taken place in the U.S., Mexico, Switzerland and most recently at the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

I pose myself as a ‘lavandera,’ a stereotype of a Latina woman washing. Sitting on a low wooden bench in a desolate silo, I wash a animal’s brain, gently at first and increasingly rougher, using a sponge, a toothbrush and my hands. A basin of murky water and a disintegrated brain are the residues left behind. I wash my hands and walk away with indifference. The piece can be read on a political level, reflecting the loss of individuality within an imposed culture.

Performance O2, 2006

Masks: vinyl, elastic, plastic bag. 15” x 5” x 6”
O2 celebrates the intimacy of two individuals sharing their oxygen as a means of coexistence and survival. Within the volatile space of the oxygen mask, both sustenance and desperation underlie the fragility of oxygen within our own environment.