Naima is a chamber of purple light and glass hidden inside a rusted trailer. It is large enough for 4 people to sit inside. Hundreds of handmade cast glass objects collect light from the sky. The interior changes as light shifts throughout the day, sunrise to sunset, or as clouds pass overhead.
Built for the slow read and connected to the time signature of the natural world, Naima is intended to be experienced over an extended period of time.
Viewers are encouraged to spend as much time as possible inside the piece, especially to watch sunset, sunrise, or moonrise on a full moon night inside Naima.
There is no electric light in Naima.
The light in Naima comes from the sky via a transparent roof that connects Naima to the sky and its' cycles of day and night, weather, and seasons.
There are hundreds of handmade cast glass pieces inside Naima. I cast the glass myself in my studio in Taos, New Mexico. Because each mold is destroyed the firing process, each piece is unique, there are no multiples.
I use glass and this labor intensive process to access light in my work. Glass catches light in extraordinary ways. It acts a strong collector and amplifier of light, allowing light collection in my work even under low light conditions like twilight.
Naima was built over a 3 year period.
Naima was exhibited at High Desert Test Sites 2013, an exhibition curated by Dave Hickey, Andrea Zittel, Libby Lumpkin, and Aurora Tang. Artists' projects were sited in the desert along the I-40 from Los Angeles, CA. to Albuquerque, NM. For High Desert Test Sites Naima was at the center of a dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree, CA.