Patches - 2016, video, run time - 5:05

In the summer of 2016 I spent seven weeks in southern California's high desert as a part of the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency program hosted by Joshua Tree Art Gallery. My project took the form of a video, photo series, and sculpture. In addition, I documented my time in the desert in the form of a creative writing project. Please check out the Planet 29 Research Logs.

The desert is one of the few places left where at night the veil over the earth is lifted and the universe revealed. This view is a shared experience with all of our ancestors and allows us to see our greatest potential. We are space travelers. However, the light of day reveals a frustrated and violent display of humanities imperfections. All manner of products litter the landscape; placed there by human hands where they remain indefinitely. The enchanted stillness of the desert does us a favor by not disguising our disregard.

Approaching the duality of our potential through the act of make believe I have allowed myself to become lost. The created illusion of visitor to this alien landscape unravels as the character interact with the environment. This exercise has allowed me to rediscover a creative innocence in myself and explore my frustration with the loss of that innocence.