IMPRINT: SONORAN DESERT 

Sweeping in its scope, the Sonoran Desert covers 280,000 square kilometers across the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico. All of the earth’s biomes—tundra, coniferous forest, temperate deciduous forest, grassland, thornscrub, chaparral, tropical forest and desert—occur within its vast perimeters. As
 a 
result, 
the 
Sonoran 
Desert 
is 
a 
fertile 
environment 
for 
the 
visual 
articulation 
of
 such 
themes 
as 
place,
 origin 
and 
our 
inner most 
human
 connection 
with
 wild
 spaces.

 

Imprint
 explores 
the 
traditional desert
 landscape 
and
 represents 
the
 first 
instalment 
in 
a 
larger body of work that will ultimately investigate each biome within the Sonoran Desert region. Through performance-based video, Imprint addresses the relationship between two landscapes—one outside the self, the other within. Using the body as a conduit and a canvas, the project considers the intrinsic nature of this dynamic by imprinting the desert landscape upon human flesh. 

Imprint has transpired over three seasons and across 300 acres of untouched desert terra within the Arizona Uplands; the arid atmosphere pulls moisture out of the body as sunlight presses fevered warmth into the skin. This exchange coupled with the extremes of climate and landscape begets a visceral and physical awareness of the body and its relationship to the natural world. The desert encourages a marriage, a wedding of skins—earthly and human. It is with feeling, intuition and energy that this union is formed.

Documentation of installation at Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, 2014

Documentation of installation at Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, 2014

Untitled photograph from the Imprint performances, 2014

Untitled photograph from the Imprint performances, 2014

Untitled photograph from the Imprint performances, 2013

Untitled photograph from the Imprint performances, 2013

Untitled photograph from the Imprint performances, 2013

Untitled photograph from the Imprint performances, 2013

Untitled photograph from the Imprint performances, 2013

Untitled photograph from the Imprint performances, 2013