September 17, 2016

LAAW 2016 Rio Grande Headwaters

LAAW Rio Grande Headwaters Basecamp

Our first Independent Worksite was situated along the high mountain meanders of the Rio Grande approximately 10 miles from the cloud and spring flows at the top. We spent 5 days at this remote camp on exploratory walks, running along and in the river, and seeking the tops and bottoms of this extraordinarily vegetative, rocky, and soggy environment. We also managed to come in contact with many 2 and 4-wheeled creatures roaring up and down the dirt roads. It’s the American Way to view the great outdoors: deaf, exhaust fumed and like a moving picture show.

LAAW Independent Worksites are places where student artists are free to explore and make art all day and all night long. The only rule is gathering at 7am breakfast and 7pm dinner. Otherwise artists spend their days/nights creatively experimenting, collecting information, taking walks, climbing a tree, floating river currents, reading bark beetle calligraphy, and generally engaging the sensorial process of creativity from the ecology of place rather than willing the world to be made in the human mind.

Artists dripped water over the continental divide, mapped water currents and flows, built stilts to walk through the marshes, made vegetative dyes, archived mushrooms and grasses, drew and painted the gestures of trees, and much more..

We were constantly reminded of the travels these waters take and all the relations made possible from the mountain tops to the gulf, through Colorado, New Mexico, Mexico and Texas.

Search for grass on Pole Creek Mountain


Nancy Dewhurst preparing her stilts
Nancy Dewhurst walking on water
Visiting SFAI Resident Artist Joerael Elliot tagging the mountain
Making vegetative dyes with Kaitlin Bryson, Hollis Moore, and Molly Zimmer
Kaitlin and Hollis documenting aspen leaf dye

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