I'm so happy that on this day, the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service, I get to announce my next residency. In the spring of 2017, I'll be traveling to the Mojave National Preserve in Southern California to do several weeks of drawing, filming, and research in the desert. I am so thrilled by this exciting opportunity that almost every day I wake up and think of something new that I can try when I make it out west. Most of all, I'm really pleased that I'll be somewhat following in the footsteps of one of the professors of my graduate committee, Dr. Mark Sweeney, whose research on dust often takes him to the Mojave and the various playas and dunes located in the region.
I will be staying at the Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx, which is a Cal State facility that harbors labs and equipment for a variety of scientists, so I'm hopeful that I'll be able to talk with geologists and biologists who will also be working in the region. At the beginning of summer, I will have an exhibition at the Kelso Depot, which is pretty centrally located within the Preserve and has survived since the early 20th century. I'm already excitedly thinking about the new work that I can produce out in the desert, inspired by these very different surroundings and amazing opportunities.