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 of atmospheric conditions and equipment for survival where not practical for desert conditions. I created a series of survival experiments to learn how to endure this place; from constructing survival tools and sampling found materials to examining safety precautions. Several experiments were successful, though most proved ineffective in the dessert climate, resulting in heat stroke, paranoia, and even, hallucination. My graphite drawings and cement sculptures cast a light on my personal encounters with dessert survival. David Alloway’s book on desert survival was later used to confirm my assumptions about the dessert. Excerpts from Alloway’s writing serve as the titles for these works.