I am heading to Ajo, Arizona for their inaugural artist residency at the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center. The piece i create will start a new body of work in the sneaker sculpture vein. A Coat of Arms style sculpture with tablet woven pieces integrated into the finished work. The collaboration between weaving and sewing, history and the present, and location versus permanence all resonating with the location it will be created in. The Coat of Arms will consists of 3 small taxidermy style sculptures all hand sewn and embroidered from discarded sneakers. Sculpturally represented will be a cactus wren in a saguaro, a coyote (center) and a javelina side profile on the right. It will be about 14 x 14 x 8 in. The work will be highlighted by a tablet woven ribbon displaying artist name, the location and date of execution mounted creatively to the sculptural piece. This work will focus on the natural resources of the area, the wildlife being central and copper signifying the now defunct mine that once fed this city. Utilizing the discarded sneakers as the sculptures and copper sewing thread, copper wire and copper yarns to tie the history and nature of the location all together in this coat of arms style piece. Ultimately juxtaposing the discarded sneakers that were once objects of cultural worship with the subject of the sculptures that they will become, the wildlife of the region. The timeliness of this piece coinciding with the current administrations rollback of the endangered species act supplies a present inspiration as well.
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