Artwork > 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.

Could have been avoided with preparation.
graphite pencil on paper
60 x 40 inches
2018
Building a survival kit is your best asset in an an emergency.
graphite pencil on paper
44 x 30.5 inches
2018
Panic can induce a feeling of hopelessness.
graphite pencil on paper
36 x 49 inches
2018

Plan ways to attract the attention of search and rescue teams.
graphite pencil on paper
34 x 49 inches
2018
Be prepared to adapt and improvise.
graphite pencil on paper
30 x 22 inches
2018
In the worst case, become nocturnal.
graphite pencil on paper
34 x 49 inches
2018
Her ability for rational thinking greatly diminished.
graphite pencil on paper
43.25 x 29.5 inches
2018
Then She Knew
graphite pencil on paper
14 x 11 inches
2017