Conversing With Coyote

Gallery 100, Arizona State University, Tempe, 2010

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI, 2007

Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI 2005

Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ, 2003

Materials: prepared coyote specimen, wood with pine pitch, glass plates with topographic maps, handmade coyote scat cast with clay, hair, juniper berries, shoe polish

This installation explored a metaphorical pilgrimage I took with canis latrans, coyote, from Mount Kendrick, around the San Francisco Peaks, to James Turrell's Roden Crater. For twelve days we walked and conversed about art, particularly drawing and its relationship to conceptual art, and its importance in the arts and in the academy. (At the time, I was invested in starting a drawing emphasis in the program I was teaching at.) Pasted to each glass plate was a topographical map of the landscape we had walked through. Lying on each map was coyote's scat collected from out walk together.