Andrea's Project Statement: Sense of Place is an ongoing ecological art project exploring relationships between people and environment in Northern New Mexico through re-contextualized found materials, paths and ritual acts. The project site is located in Po-Woh-Geh-Owingeh “Where the water cuts through”; situated on land that was once a homestead ranch, surrounded by and surrounding land of the Pueblo of San Ildefonso, and shadowed by the once secret city of Los Alamos (birthplace of the atomic bomb). These dynamic layers of land use are ever present in my mind as I explore paths to understanding this place. Guided by Ecofeminist principles, I aim to examine site-specific history alongside parallels between colonization, discarded materials, open dumps, invasive plants and patriarchal mindset of gender, race, class and the environment. By referencing spiritual and religious traditions of altars, meditation gardens, processions and prayer cards, Sense of Place seeks to offer opportunities for reflection and reconnection.
I’m an interdisciplinary artist and educator from South Louisiana living, with gratitude, in Northern New Mexico. My work examines relationships between humans and nature, and is informed by my inner child, holistic mindset and extrasensory perception. During the twenty-tens my experimental documentaries about South Louisiana received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Louisiana Division of the Arts and other Louisiana grantmakers. Following that period I became an Early Childhood Educator and reconnected with making art for joy. Today my creative practice is woven into daily life through conversations with the natural world, facilitating Reggio-inspired experiences for children and embracing heart-centered Yoga practices. These experiences of interconnectedness guide the artwork I’m creating now.