Four Winds

The  colorful fabrics I release into the mercurial southwest desert winds, born of warm air rising and cool air sinking,  engage with the changing atmospheric conditions, enveloping time and motion in a still image. This series of photographs depicts the transient position of the fabric at the very moment the image is captured, but do not solely constitute the work in itself.  The altering of the landscape with the fabric is a performative act essential to the final image.

Throughout any culture, the wind has been mythologized and anthropomorphized in order to make sense of the world and the elements.  From greek mythology, to the bible, to Native American beliefs, to Japanese ancient concepts, the wind is considered a spiritual power manifest on earth from the four cardinal directions  â€” north, east, south, and west. The four directions are each assigned specific colors, which vary from culture to culture. Ceremonies were held to honor the wind gods. In Japan, Hado, a concept that has existed in Japan for centuries, means "wave" and "move" - words that describe the energy vibrations that permeate all life. Hado resides in the air, and in all animate life and inanimate things.

Making these pictures, as an east coast outsider, is my physical and intuitive way to connect to the ancient narrative and energy of this fantastical and foreboding landscape that has been shaped by intense winds over long periods of time.

The way to see the wind in its purest form is to behold the tall cacti almost bending to the ground during high speed wind gusts of up to 186 miles per hour. In this series of photographs, I invent a visualization of the wind with fabric formations frozen in time, creating a sense of place for me that speaks to our origin stories.