lee + effie begay stopped by to say hello in gray mountain. they were headed to flagstaff but recognized the photo of mary williams, lee’s auntie, and they turned about to check out the piece. thanks for the love you two!
i had a wonderful experience earlier in the month spending 4 days as a visiting artist as seattle pacific university. thanks to scott kolbo for making it happen and for the rewarding opportunity.
a big shout out to tom o’day + pete jagoda for arranging the incredible experience of sharing the painted desert project through the visiting artist lecture series and for the gallery show/installations. thanks too to carl richardson for the assistance with the installations! you guys are the best.
parched earth installation in the ceramic kiln area (sculpture yard)
with artist carl richardson (+ brother of reggae musician, walt richardson)!
tom o’day adjusting lights
on april 25, 2010 this is what i wrote on my old blog:
stop motion video of the installation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yypWrtQUQ8
(the significance of this video is that it documents the first time i got a big, multipart piece up solo.)
it won’t be long now…
or will it?
yeah. it was another gorgeous day on the rez. while installing at cow springs, we met a local youth named deshaun. his skateboard broke while he was showing us a trick. we’re going to get him another one but he doesn’t know that yet. thanks for the love deshaun. back at you.
september 6, 2014
i wrote that entry on my old blog back in june 2011 after meeting deshaun. while pasting today he appeared. he didn’t say anything as he approached. he just went straight to his favorite spot at the old trading post. he sat against the chimney atop the building watching the setting sun and listening to his ipod.
after about 15 minutes we chatted a bit. i didn’t recognize him immediately but when asked, he told me he’s deshaun. all i could say was “…man! you’ve grown.” he’s on the football team for the tuba city eagles middle school now and he remembers getting a skateboard from me 3 years ago.
people’s climate march
flagstaff, az (behind tat-foo)
This is the 3rd year getting artists out to the Navajo nation to participate in the Painted Desert Project. In previous years I’ve approached local businesses, such as the Inscription House Trading Post, the Lannan Foundation in New Mexico and businesses in Flagstaff for financial support. Additionally, any time I make money from doing installations that money goes into the pot to bring artists to the rez. I had an amazing spring in that I participated in the Public Festival by Form in Perth, Australia and received financial love from the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. All of that money went into the Painted Desert Project. However, while in Australia I had a little incident where I absent-mindedly put unleaded fuel into a diesel vehicle. Not pretty. In essence, this has left me $2K short.
Any financial support you can offer to help fund LNY, Mata Ruda, Jaz and Hyuro coming out next month will be greatly appreciated. My son will thank you as well since I’ll stop “borrowing” from his college fund.
In order to donate, click here + thanks!
mrs. woody, on her knees, assisting with the installation of her food stand (july 2014)