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Field Studies

Garlic Harvest



Chimayo, NM

The harvest is a  ritual; the movements are choreographed by necessity. For Garlic Harvest, the crew is asked to wear white clothes which, over the course of the day, become soiled, evidence of the time and labor of the harvest.

A pole barn contained the acre's yield of garlic. Each bay of the barn is filled floor to ceiling with garlic chains, each chain tied by hand with one piece of rope. The hand work, become a series of repetitive movements and the basis for a field-based performance.

Field Nails


time-based photograph collection

Chimayo, NM and San Pedro, NM

Field Nails was an exchange project with a farming friend in another region of New Mexico. During the farm season the women painted their fingernails a different color each week. The hard work of farming took its toll on their nails, wearing off the color, marking the passage of time and the accumulation of labor. Images were shared back and forth as their respective fields were cultivated.

Cabbage intra/extra


site-specific installation

Chimayo, NM

Bringing the inside outside, a painter's canvas was installed at the end of the cabbage patch. Acting as a backdrop, the wall of canvas isolated and/or honored the cabbage.  Cabbage intra/extra was an architectural construction that turned in situ growing cabbage into a veritable artwork.

Reclaiming Golden Ground


cardboard cake boxes and spray paint installed in a field

Chimayo, NM

To clear trees in overgrown pastures one might use a team of mules, a machine or clear it by hand. Opening the earth with a plough, the dirt turns over systematically in uniformed shapes.  At times, steam rises from the ground. The soil has not seen daylight in years; some of these fields have not been irrigated or seed plated for decades.

For Reclaiming Golden Ground, cake boxes -- traditionally used to package and transport sweets -- were manipulated into golden forms that resembled the cakes of dirt that the plough makes. Healthy soil is a precious resource and could be as valuable as gold.   

Conceptual Compost


cast cabbage leaves 

Chimayo, NM

When harvesting cabbage, it is cut from the stalk, its outer leaves removed before the cabbage is packed in a box for transport. The outer leaves are considered compost or garbage. For Conceptual Compost, they were turned into castings and placed in the field to re-nourish the soil.