collaboration with nick mann for peoples climate movement
collaboration with nick mann for peoples climate movement
If one were to google “…what is the impact of climate change on bird migration,” one of the first links that comes up is a page by World Migratory Bird Day 2007. It seems this organization formed in 2007 to bring light to the issue of climate change on bird migration, had their day then dissolved. However, they created a fact page with 5 immediate changes to migratory birds as a result of climate change. One of the first things they identify is this…
“One of the major effects of climate change is the loss of habitats. The habitats migratory birds depend on are in danger to change and to disappear due to increasing temperatures, flooding or desertification. Coastal wetland areas that migrating birds use for nesting and foraging are an example. During their migration, birds rely on these areas to provide food and resting places. There they can refuel and repose before continuing their long journeys. Rising sea levels due to climate change cause the flooding of these habitats and they are lost for birds and other animals. Without these stop-over places, the birds have insufficient reserves to continue and have difficulties completing their journeys.”
This past winter I was invited by 516 Arts in Albuquerque to collaborate with an experimental dance troupe. Our setting for this collaboration would be the only urban bird sanctuary in the southwest, Valle de Oro in Albuquerque. I was invited to do an installation on the front of an old milk barn where part of a dance performance would be held.
Upon seeing the old milk storage tank I got excited about installing there as well. I met with the dancers twice – once in April and later in June to photograph them. I’d wanted my focus for the piece that I created to be climate change related but I wasn’t sure in what way. Choosing from hundreds of frames of the dancers I was struck by a series of movements performed as a duet. For me, the three images I chose from the duet are a visual metaphor of our relationship with nature.
In the first panel one questions whether the humans are defending themselves from the birds, shielding their eyes from the too bright sun in the intense heat to better see what’s overhead. The relationship between humans and nature is uncertain and to some degree unsettling.
Panel 2 suggests that with time and observation a dialog may form. Communication may occur.
And in panel 3 there’s resolution and synchronicity. Although it’s a simplistic view of our dynamic relationship with nature it suggests that through observation over time we develop a better understanding of our connection to nature and the need to preserve it by addressing the root causes of climate change.
Shout out to Brian Gonnella, my assistant from Pittsburgh, PA for 6 weeks. He’s seen above capturing one of Albuquerque’s magical sunsets.
I was honored to be one of 2 artists in residence for the 2016 Telluride Mountain Film Festival. As stated on Wikipedia “…Held every Memorial Day weekend since 1979, Telluride Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues in Telluride, Colorado. In addition to documentaries, the festival also brings together world-class athletes, change makers and artists via interactive discussions, free community events, a gallery walk, an all-day symposium, outdoor programming and presentations. Mountainfilm aims to educate, inspire and motivate audiences.”
Huffington Post article about my contribution.
It had been a couple years since I last spent any time with Marley and her mom, Sina in their spot near the Little Colorado River Gorge. I had a leftover screen print that was one of the posters used to promote the 2014 People’s Climate March (printed by Justseeds artist, Jesse Purcell). Although Sina wasn’t there, Marley was there with a full crew. Thanks for a fun hang!
Wow. It’s been a busy couple weeks which included prepping like a big dog for the Mountain Film festival installation, going to Telluride at 9000 feet to do the installation with the occasional small piece going up in Flagstaff. Shout out to Brooklyn Street Art who’ve scheduled to run the story of the Telluride installation tomorrow. Good looking out Steve + Jaime.
mash up in flagstaff
Talking about corn and climate change. The text reads “The Diné (Navajo) word for sweet corn is naa dáá which is a large grain plant first domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. Beginning about 2500 BC, the crop spread through much of the Americas. The region developed a trade network based on surplus and varieties of maize crops. After European contact with the Americas in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, explorers and traders carried maize back to Europe and introduced it to other countries. Maize spread to the rest of the world because of its ability to grow in diverse climates.
And what is the future of maize and other crops in the southwest as the planet warms? The Southwest is the hottest and driest region in the United States, where the availability of water has defined its landscapes, history of human settlement, and modern economy. Severe and sustained drought will stress water sources, already over-utilized in many areas, forcing increasing competition among farmers, energy producers, urban dwellers, and plant and animal life for the region’s most precious resource. Agriculture, a mainstay of the regional and national economies, faces uncertainty and change. The Southwest produces more than half of the nation’s high-value specialty crops, including certain vegetables, fruits, and nuts. The severity of future impacts will depend upon the complex interaction of pests, water supply, reduced chilling periods, and more rapid changes in the seasonal timing of crop development due to projected warming and extreme events.”
Jamison + his dog at the Boiler Room Studio in Flagstaff
Klee + Princess in the Mission, San Francisco outside Galería de la Raza coinciding with their “For the People” show. The full backstory on this piece “What we do to the mountain we do to ourselves” will appear on the blog Brooklyn Street Art tomorrow. And how can you not love Brooklyn Street Art when they love you more everyday?
Owen, now 11, holding a sticker of himself with his brother Aidan in the background getting a snowball ready for his noggin.
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Stephanie rocking the screen print of her image on JR’s former house outside Tuba City.
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improvisational duet with ice by dancer kimi victoria eisele. (music “pathways of the mind” from meridian suite by antonio sanchez.)
Danish – Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson partnered with Danish geologist Manik Rosing to create a tangible commentary on climate change by bringing 12 blocks of glacial ice from Greenland to Paris for ArtCop 21. The piece is titled “Ice Watch.” By arranging the 12 pieces of ice like the numbers on a clock their melting in the temperate Parisian environment is a poignant reminder of our planet warming and the detrimental impact this will have on our fragile ecosystem.
in anticipation of the world climate summit (this december in paris) you can show the painted desert project some love by getting a one color, hand pulled (by the good people at ocelot print shop in detroit) commemorative screen print on 19 x 25 archival paper. they’re a limited edition of fifty, signed, stamped + numbered for $50. if interested, hit me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
photo by raeann wanland
the arizona snowbowl (the ski resort in flagstaff making snow from reclaimed waste water while desecrating a site considered sacred to 13 local tribes), is expanding. in 2012 i connected with local artists and activists asking them what they thought of the initial proposal to make snow from waste water. their responses were written on their faces, photographed and 2 murals were made in downtown flagstaff. with the news of the recent expansion, i returned to the sagacious words of diné musician, activist and filmmaker, klee benally and his wife, princess – “what we do the mountain, we do to ourselves.” thanks to everybody who stopped by and gave me love today. it’s always appreciated.
just dropped! “i am the change” (otherwise known as “stephanie on parched earth”).
19 x 25, hand pulled screen print on archival paper printed by the good folks at ocelot print shop in detroit, mi. support the painted desert project to help get art on the roadside on the navajo nation for $50 including shipping.