The Mojave National Preserve is a special place, and has come to feel like a home to me as I’ve focused my work there throughout the past few months. I’ve been keenly interested in parts of the Mojave ever since learning of its particular landscapes from Dr. Mark Sweeney, a geologist who studies sand and dust.
I recently returned from the first part of my artist residency at the Mojave National Preserve in southern California. The desert environment there is rich, multi-faceted, and full of life that is as diverse as the landscapes I encountered. There are forests of joshua trees, beds of ancient lavas, ephemeral streams that feed cottonwoods, vast playas of evaporite minerals, and huge sand dunes that I can only imagine will become taller as they age.
I just returned from the Mid-America Print Council Conference (in Louisville this year) and it was a pretty good time. I didn't get a chance to see nearly as many things as I planned to see, but I got to see people, and to me, that's what makes these things all worth the effort. I have realized over the years that I am privileged to have an extended group of friends that have become family, and to a much larger extent, a community of reliable and dependable co-workers, even if we aren't at the same institution. I feel like I followed the right path.
Today I'm wrapping up the second of my posts about my trip to Scotland, and this entry includes the residency at Hospitalfield in Arbroath. I'm so happy that as I traveled, I could do updates via social media outlets like Instagram and, with so much support and interest while I worked, I didn't feel like I was that far away!