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What we wrote on water

January 9, 2021 - February 8, 2021

Vital Spaces Midtown Annex
1600 St. Michaels Drive

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and in accordance with COVID-safe guidelines. Call/email 505-231-1922 / msagan1035@aol.com to schedule a viewing.

What We Wrote on The Water is a video installation constructed from the poetry of borders, drumming in a dream, the scarce commodity of water in the desert, and gestures in ink.

In a dark enclosed womb of space, the video projects on three walls. It features the Japanese art of suminagashi, spoken poetry, and percussive drums. A large vase, filled with water, sits in the center. The projection overlaps the glass, creating new shadows and reflections. This is an immersive experience, playing with materials such as ink and glass, and the metaphor of water as the unconscious mind.

What We Wrote on the Water explores the dialectical flow between creator and viewer, form and meaning, being both on the surface of the water and under it. The viewer leaves refreshed, having temporarily been elsewhere.

Maternal Mitochondria is a mother-daughter creative duo collaborating in Santa Fe. Miriam Sagan is a writer and Isabel Winson-Sagan is an interdisciplinary artist. Their bilingual video installation of suminagashi and poetry, Thresh/hold, premiered in an abandoned square grain silo at Studio Kura in Itoshima, Japan in 2018. They produced a poetry and suminagashi installation in Santa Fe’s Railyard Park with more than twenty participants, aged 4 to 80. The walking path at Santa Fe Skies RV Park on Route 14 is host to their Fairy Houses installation in recycled metal, which has had numerous visitors during the pandemic. For What We Wrote on the Water, they have also collaborated with local drummer Tim Brown.

To learn more about them and their ongoing works, please visit www.maternalmitochondria.com.


January 9, 2021
February 8, 2021
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Vital Spaces
1600 St. Michaels Drive
Santa Fe, NM, 87501
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