calendar

commissioned by the city of farmington, new mexico
2002


my work centers around issues of use and interpretation of the land.
on viewing this site, the idea struck me to make a work that would speak
poetically about what the seasonal flow of the Animas River means to the land and it's people.

calendar operates on several levels, metaphorical and physical.
in the winter, all of the bowls are empty of water, save the smallest, lowest one.
or they may be empty altogether.
this represents the lack of life-energy in the winter,
and the necessity of hibernation, of sleep.

as the water rises in the spring, the bowls fill,
and the robust vibrancy of a riparian zone returns
until all the bowls are filled at the peak of early summer.

when viewed from above, calendar creates a cornucopia, or Horn of Plenty, shape.

by filling or emptying this shape, the seasonal change of poverty
and plenty is illustrated, as well as the inevitable renewal of life.
the bowls also offer themselves as vessels that hold the essential fluid of life - water.
in this way they both mirror the body as a vessel, and speak of the sacred quality of
water and it's ancient and absolute necessity through their resemblance to ancient Kivas.

Lastly, the title of the work references the ancient use of sun daggers
or other megalithic calendars to understand time and it's importance to our lives.

Anyone using the river paths on a consistent basis will
be able to mark their own life's progress through the seasons against
the appearance of calendar, and in doing so, perhaps recall a
feeling long buried in our modern rush to categorize and quantify the world.

 

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