Volume 3: Suspension
What does the word 'suspension' mean to you in this moment?
Fourteen local artists and creatives were recently asked to respond to the word ‘suspension’, reflecting on what it meant to them in this moment in history. Their experiences were illustrated through imagery and writing, each reflecting on the word through their unique lens in within our shared community.
Each volume of the Santa Fe Moment Booklet series showcases the unique and creative perspectives of local contributors as they reflect on words as themes. Their responses have been submitted in the forms of photography, poetry, painting, storytelling, recipes, comics, and more. Responses are curated into booklets, printed locally and distributed for free through the mail and digital PDFs to anyone who requests one. This series was created as a platform for honest creativity, as a physical space to connect, and a keepsake of the historical moments we live in. Learn more and follow this project at santafemoment.com
About the Volume 3 Contributors, in page order.
Edie Tsong (pg.1,2) Edie Tsong is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Her projects explore personal history, how we create meaning and belonging, and how we connect. These projects take the form of collaborations, conceptual portraits, socially-engaged projects, writing, and radical bookmaking. They range in scale from small objects to city-wide installation, cultural programming, and facilitated conversations. She has performed an exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Mattress Factory, PICA’s TBA Fest, The PASEO, and 516 Arts. www.edietsong.com
Barbara Rockman (pg.3) Barbara Rockman is author of “Sting and Nest,”poems of motherhood, grief and a girlhood steeped in the natural world, recipient of the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Her latest collection, “to cleave,” 2019, University of New Mexico Press, explores challenges of marriage, aging, and longing for a spiritual place in the world. It received the National Press Women Book Award and was a finalist for the International Book Award and New Mexico Book Award. Barbara teaches writing at Santa Fe Community College, Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families and in community workshops.
Tan Cologne (pg.4) Tan Cologne is a musical project by interdisciplinary artists Lauren Green and Marissa Macias. The two met in Taos, New Mexico and have been exploring musical and creative terrains together ever since. Alongside Tan Cologne, Green & Macias also founded Psychic Sink, a multi-dimensional platform for visual and musical arts. http://tancologne.com
Mira Burack (pg.5,6) Mira Burack is an artist living in the Ortiz mountains of New Mexico. She received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BA in Studio Art and Psychology from Pepperdine University. Burack was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up on the coast of Maine. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at CUE Art Foundation in New York City, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, New Mexico Museum of Art, 516 ARTS, Cranbrook Art Museum, Media Knox Gallery in Slovenia, Art Gallery of Windsor in Canada, Kunstverin Wolfsburg in Germany, among others. She received a Community + Public Arts Detroit grant for the Edible Hut, a community space with a living edible roof. In 2020, she was selected for the Women to Watch exhibition at the National Museum for Women in the Arts and nominated for a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors grant. www.matterology.com
New Mexico Dance Project (pg.7,8) Founded in 2019 by husband and wife team Scarlett Wynne and Erik Sampson, NMDP produces original concert works, performance installations, and short films that focus on capturing the imagination and inspiring curiosity. The company exists to widen the spectrum of how dance is accessed and experienced by its audience; emphasizing the art of storytelling as a means of bridging the divides brought on by cultural, racial, and social differences. nmdanceproject.com
Simon De Aguero (pg.9,10) Simon De Aguero seeks to contribute to his community through Art, Architecture, Design, and Martial Arts. As a recently Licensed Architect of New Mexico, Simon’s professional experience includes specialty design+build coordination. He currently works with Atkin Olshin Schade Architects.He holds a Master of Architecture from The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Vijali Hamilton (pg.11) For the past twenty-five years, Vijali Hamilton has worked and taught around the world as an artist/peacemaker. She collaborates with diversified communities and utilizes her skills as a sculptor, filmmaker, poet, musician, and author. Vijali started her World Wheel Project in 1986 to further explore the role that community-based art can play in building a world at peace. www.worldwheel.org
Xenia Orr Purce (pg.12) Xenia Orr Purce was born in Santa Fe and is 9 years old. She loves reading, writing poems, telling stories, art, skateboarding and taking care of Juniper, her bearded dragon and her chickens. “My suspension image represents our bubbled isolation during the dark times of 2020 and is dedicated to all the health care workers around the world.”
Sigrid Mabel (pg.13,14) Sigrid spent her formative years in El Rancho, NM, perfecting pop-a-wheelies on a mag wheeled BMX in the arroyo. She ended up being pretty good at soccer, but at 27 retired from competition and joined the Army. On Sunday mornings in Iraq she’d make funny collages out of the discarded magazines from old care packages for mental reprieve. 2020 felt like Iraq at times.
Sara Ludy (pg. 15,16) Sara Ludy is an American artist based in Northern New Mexico. Through an interdisciplinary practice, hybrid forms emerge from the everyday confluence of nature, being, and simulation; questioning our relationship to immateriality and space. Previous exhibitions of Ludy’s work include the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Vancouver Art Gallery, Whitney Museum of American Art, Berkeley Art Museum, bitforms gallery, and Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Her work has been featured in Modern Painters, The New York Times, Art Forum, Art in America, and Cultured Magazine. www.saraludy.com
Katherine Seluja (pg.17) Katherine DiBella Seluja is the author of Gather the Night, a poetry collection that considers the impact of mental illness and is dedicated to her brother. She is co-author, with Tina Carlson and Stella Reed, of the collaborative poetry book, We Are Meant to Carry Water. Katherine works in pediatrics in Española, New Mexico.
Christopher Southward (pg.18) Santa Fe-based artist
Tira Howard (pg.19,20) Portrait, Fine Art, Fashion, and Lifestyle photographer working in Santa Fe, New Mexico. www.tirahowardphotography.com