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Pathway Pathway 8, 2012 22.25” by 39.5” n n n Plural Pathway 19, 2013 In 1991-92, I lived in Oaxaca, Mexico, for a year on a grant from the Institute for International Education, sponsored by the Fulbright Foundation. I made art with ceramists and two weavers — one Zapotec, the other Chontal — and I continue such work to this day. When making work in Oaxaca, I used only indigenous materials, organically made from local organic dyes, papers, lime, copal and concrete. When working with the weavers, I added their initials along with mine to acknowledge their involvement. History, archaeology, contemporary social concerns, legends, landscape and materials were key elements in the works of art I made there. Concerned about the ecological dangers of fossil fuels, particularly natural gas, I became a member of the steering committee and later the board of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (dcs), an environmental group whose mission is to help establish clean water, air and land as basic human rights. dcs bases its advocacy on the relationship between scientific findings and governmental plans and regulations. n Tres Pelotas, 1994 Tapestry BLACK RENAISSANCE NOIRE Pathway Pathway 5, 2014 Graphite milk plaster pastel on paper n n 63 n