First American Art Magazine No. 21, Winter 2018/19 - Page 50

PROFILE I can’t focus on the real world, and when I get through I can barely walk or talk. It can take me a while to get settled back into this world. But, if I am playing a light, happy movie, I can take a break and have fun with it. That happy energy affects the basket. above Stories from Spirit, white horsehair, waxed linen thread, rawhide, buttons, wood, shell, beads, 4 in. wide, private collection. opposite Installation view of the baskets in the Going Vegas series, 2011, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe. I try to pick films that are light and fun. I lent you While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock and you said it was a bit light. [We both laugh.] Conversations, things I see, color, things around me really influence me—a joke, or I notice something new. The shape of the casinos around Santa Fe had a step pattern to the facades of the buildings; that’s why I put the sequins in that pattern on the Casino Basket for the Going Vegas installation at SAR. Do you still collect materials for your work? 48 | WWW.FIRSTAMERICANARTMAGAZINE.COM I still collect materials like beads. People expect more natural things. I have also used bottle caps. For the baskets, I work primarily with horsehair. I’m thinking of changing the baskets. In the past few months I’ve been working on crazy quilts and thinking of combining them with the baskets. I might use metal … paper- making. I also have rawhide. Certain things need to [be] let go, and then you can come in from a different direction. What are your current projects? I’m currently completing some small baskets and a large one that was commis- sioned. I completed several this year. It bothers me if they are hanging out there unfinished. You need to start and finish a basket. Sometimes I get requests from persons with some idea of what they want, but it has to flow in the basket;