Reclaiming Golden Ground, 2013

cardboard cake boxes and spray paint installed in a field

Chimayo, NM

To clear trees in over-grown 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.

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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.   

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