Despite the biblical amount of rain California received in the winter of 2017, it remains a place where having enough water is never a sure thing. Let’s pay attention, then, to our rivers and creeks, know their names, treasure, and protect them. When we name things we become attached to them. Perhaps our waterways need a lifeboat.
I hand-dyed, with indigo, the fabric to make this piece, tying it to look like water. Then, I hand stitched on it the names of rivers and streams in California. The fabric is hung on a wire armature. The River Lifeboat rests on a bed of river rocks.
Gearbox Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2017