Traces: Santa Fe

I spent the month of March 2017 at the Santa Fe Art Institute as a Water Rights resident artist developing new site-responsive choreography and visual art work.

Traces is an ongoing body of work exploring physical spaces around water and the interface of human boundaries and infrastructure with natural ones.

 

Two Mile Reservoir, 3/22/17

Drone video, modern dance, no sound

2 minutes 20 seconds

2017

Choreography situated in the New Mexico landscape that inspired it. The Two Mile Reservoir is a formerly dammed area of the Santa Fe River that used to supply the city of Santa Fe with its drinking water. After two larger reservoirs were built upstream, the dam was removed in the 1990s and the river has been slowly restored back to a more natural state since then. However, traces of the area’s dammed history are still visible in the hydrologic functioning, landscape formations, and plant and animal communities. It is a landscape not quite human and not quite natural, like many rivers in the northern New Mexico area.

 

Rio, Performance 3/24/17

Graphite on paper

2017

4’ x 12’

Created during a live performance at SFAI140, a three-times-per-year event where 20 artists give 140 second presentations for the Santa Fe community. Features the traces of one dancing body (mine) performing the choreography seen in the video below, as well as some audience shoe prints created before the event, providing a more complete record of the performance.

 

Rio, Studio Study

Graphite on paper

2017

4’ x 9’

Created in rehearsal for SFAI140 as described above. Features the traces of one dancing body (mine) performing the choreography seen in an additional work sample (Two Mile Reservoir, 3/22/17 video).

 

Graphite Study I

Graphite on paper

2017

4’ x 4’

One of a triptych of square studies of materials and methodologies for capturing the traces of a dance performance in a physical artwork. Features markings made by one dancing body (mine) performing choreography in development.

Graphite Study II

Graphite on paper

2017

4’ x 4’

Charcoal Study I

Graphite on paper

2017

4’ x 4’

 

I posted photos and thoughts on my Instagram feed and sometimes here during the residency.

https://christinacatanese.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/wet-graphite-dance-drawing-study-3-12-17/

https://christinacatanese.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/landscape-improvisation-kasha-katuwe-tent-rocks-national-monument/

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