Occupying Memory: sculpture at the Mojave Preserve
These vessels were made to explore methods of traditional basketry that are universally practiced around the world, and the sculptural work that surrounds them was inspired by living in isolation in the desert. Some of the most iconic and intricately beautiful baskets of what is now the American southwest are made by the Chemehuevi tribe, and their materials (primarily willow and devil's claw) are harvested in the Mojave, where I visited during a National Park artist residency at the Mojave National Preserve. The shapes of these baskets are inspired by the annual pine nut harvest of the Chemehuevi people.
The materials used to weave them are contemporary discarded computer cables, rope, wire, etc. Historical and cultural information about the Chemehuevi tribe can be found on their website, and the C.R.I.T. reservation's website can be found here.