I'm pleased to present works in collaboration with Joanne Easton combining natural and man-made materials in “Common Dilemmas,” a “With the Earth” exhibition at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes, California. The opening reception, from 3 to 5 pm on November 6, includes an artists’ talk at 2:30 pm. The closing art salon takes place on December 11 from 4 to 5 pm.
The show’s title, “Common Dilemmas,” is a play on the economic theory of a social shared-resource system also known as the tragedy of the commons. We use bird stories to address the complexity of sustainable practices, filtering this shared focus through our distinct creative approaches to produce diverse and complementary works.
Our collaboration began a year ago, catalyzed by four ostrich eggs sourced from my cousin’s farm in Ohio. The show includes the ostrich egg pieces and extends to include work from our individual practices including the Huia, the Passenger Pigeon, the Drinking Bird Toy and the Thirsty Bird Oil Derrick.
A highlight of the show is the Ostrich Feather Wedding Dress Project, a group endeavor by twelve artists invited to create wall works inspired by an ostrich feather-embellished wedding dress purchased on eBay for fifty dollars. The artists include Marcela Pardo Ariza, Mariel Bayona-Garcia, Ray Beldner, Suzanne Engelberg, Hadar Kleinman, Judith Selby Lang, Evie Leder, Cait Molloy, Thomas Van Houten, Katherine Vetne, Mary Hull Webster and Minoosh Zomorodinia.