The Rites of Land is intended as a series of separate research projects in unique places. So far, the following places are slated for investigation.
2018: Willits, CA
2019: Banner, WY
2020: Green River, UT
THE RITES OF LAND, 2018 -
The Rites of Land is a research framework for creatively exploring distinct places. Through physical exploration, historic and contemporary research, expeditions, reflection, writing and drawing, this framework aims to establish a methodology for processing the experience of places as a newcomer and an outsider. It prioritizes a subjective personal encounters with what is foreign or unknown but seeks to relate the complexities surrounding those sites.
Grounded by a deep concern for land and the systems that have harmed, protected or changed it, this practice aims to identify the stories, relics, symbols, sites, and visual signifiers that might evidence a region’s multi-layered beliefs about land and its use. By identifying these literal landmarks (or lack thereof) this collection of research pieces together compelling stories about, for and with each site.
Though inherently incomplete, The Rites of Land is a personal gesture that confronts the mechanisms of ownership, and by extension, capitalism, colonialism, extraction and empire. It is an effort to cultivate empathy and belonging as part of a broader understanding of coexisting humanity.
Compiled over time as a boxed set of small books, the project will become a primary resource of collected data that demonstrates an approach to place-based learning.
The Rites of Land is part of a two-year research fellowship with the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art.
This edition of Rites of Land explores the lands of the Pomo people as well as their orchestrated demise. It reveals the region's overlapping histories of logging, development, immigration, and manifest destiny. Told through the stories of trees and trash, roads and fire, The Willits edition taps the essential nature of Mendocinco County while making connections across space and time. As a limited-edition self-published book, this collection of research includes 17 drawings and 16 short essays. The project is made possible by a generous residency at North Street Collective. More information about the program here.