Attempts at Desert Survival
As a newcomer to the Southwest desert, I was unaware that certain procedures and skills were required of the residents in this climate. My midwestern knowledge and equipment proved ineffective in this environment. I created my own approaches to endure this place; constructing survival tools, sampling found materials and testing safety precautions. David Alloway’s “Desert Survival” was later used to confirm my theories and assumptions about the dessert. Several of Alloway’s survival methods opposed my own experiments, which resulted in heat stroke, paranoia, and hallucination. My graphite drawings and cement sculptures cast a light on these personal encounters with dessert survival.