Lending Library of the Invisible

Maternal Mitochondria has been invited to be the featured artists for the month of May at the Southside library branch! Please join us for book arts, snacks, and secret poetry.

INVITATION

Lending Library of the Invisible—a book arts show
Maternal Mitochondria—Miriam Sagan & Isabel Winson-Sagan
Southside Library
6599 Jaguar Drive
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Opening—May 6, 4-6 pm
Show up till May 31, 2022
Artists will be in residence 11 am-1 pm on May 17 and May 24, 2022.

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We hope to see you, even if Southside seems far away!
Come say hi, and help add to our interactive artwork,“What Am I Hiding and What Do I Hope For?,” which asks visitors to hang their own answers on sculptural trees or put them in slot boxes.

There will be grab and go snacks. And you can visit Southside’s Seed Library, bookstore, or even return those overdue books!

Desiccation: Dormancy: Deluge

Miriam Sagan will be opening The Poetry Yard this year, an outside space where sculpture and poetry can be fully experienced. Here is a sneak peak at the first sculpture to go up- a permanent feature of the yard. Made entirely of recycled materials, this land art project helps direct rainfall by incorporating a dry pond. The sculpture’s relationship with the land may change over time- will the wood rot when exposed to water? Or will it remain an ever present reminder of fire and drought? As our climate changes, the sculpture may reflect that change on a local level. Along with the ambiguity and anxiety of climate change, “Desiccation: Dormancy: Deluge” brings up issues of human consumption and how different organisms feed. The sculpture takes inspiration from saprophytic fungi (mushrooms that consume dead wood) and the twin processes of parasitic and symbiotic growth. The plastic and dairy industries are an ambiguous two-edged sword- using unsustainable environmental practices while at the same time greatly expanding human access to food and vital resources. So the question is: how do we achieve a balance between human needs and biological destruction?

Desiccation: Dormancy: Deluge

(A triangle) Between me / G-d / and the water

Video for “What We Wrote on the Water”

While we do encourage you to visit the installation in person, that obviously is not possible for everyone, so we are making the video available for separate viewing. Please enjoy Maternal Mitochondria’s experimental video “What We Wrote on the Water”!

The installation is available by appointment in Santa Fe, NM until February 8th 2021. E-mail msagan1035@aol.com or call 505-231-1922 to schedule a viewing.

Feminist Art in the Trump Era

I’m very pleased to be a part of this upcoming show at Axle Contemporary in Santa Fe!

Feminist Art in the Trump Era

juried by Lucy R. Lippard

September 11 – November 3

Feminist Art in the Trump Era is an exhibition of works by 27 New Mexico based artists that explore various feminist realities and rants. Works chosen for this exhibition from an open call to New Mexico based artists resonate with the hopefully soon- to-be-extinct Trump era. The exhibition will take place on the occasion of the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution and the 10 year anniversary of the founding of the Axle Contemporary mobile artspace.

TIAMAT

The second sculpture of the summer is completed! A companion piece to Scratch– TIAMAT, ancient Near Eastern goddess of primordial creation, goddess of where fresh water meets salt. Brought to you by the Maternal Mitochondria creative team.

“who invented
the drawn outline
30,000 years ago

trees sketched by fire
stand skeletal

you change your name
as easily
as I change my clothes

one moment—City
the next—Chaos”

-Miriam Sagan

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Fairy Houses

Maternal Mitochondria

In 2017, the Maternal Mitochondria creative team went to Japan. There we saw so many kinds of spirit houses—from Shinto shrines to municipal pagodas to small portable altars. When we came home to New Mexico, we wanted to build our own.

The initial three fairy houses are open! (We hope to create a total of nine). Each is made of recycled metal. And each houses a poem that tells the tale of its denizens—the supernatural creatures who work and party in each.

The Cabin is lit up from within by the fire of the earth’s core. Brownie miners descend to seek riches in the earth.

The Cantina is a way station where fire foxes—messengers of the divine—can take a break from their delivery rounds and have a drink.

The Mushroom is a landing pad for winged pixies, even as it is part of the natural cycle of birth and decay.

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Artist Talk

Gerald Peters Projects is pleased to invite you to a informal talk featuring several of the artists whose work is included in the current exhibition, Speaking to the Imagination: The Contemporary Artist’s Book. The event will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 2 – 4 PM, with special guest Helen Hiebert who will be joining us from Arizona. Refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public.