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|Joe Guida @ Guida Woodworks lending his expertise on the Red Flag Project|
|Fortune Tellers folded from actual Fire Shelter Material for the Bang Mirror|
Monday, June 22, 2015
Ponderosa Pine forest as seen from Snowbowl Road, 2014
Just to begin to understand any part of this issue, I needed to stop thinking of forest fires as a stand alone issue. Forest fires are a symptom of the much larger problems of climate change, economics, population and ultimately human nature. I needed to give myself the opportunity to contemplate what this meant to me.
Red flag is a term used in various contexts usually as an indicator or signal of warning. Using this symbol, I decided to create a work about my relationship to the community of Flagstaff, Arizona. A place I had visited throughout my childhood, and now reside with my husband since 1998. Creating a personal and regionally responsible work was a central concern. I collected discarded community clothing, specifically in shades of red, from various agencies around Flagstaff. Clothing is a form of shelter we spend much of our lives maintaining, and replacing. As a way to labor these ideas, I disassembled and cut the clothing into squares, the red flags. I rolled them up to be seen as the individuals of the community, or the choices I've made in my life. Then banded them together with my fathers fix all of choice, tie wire. Each flag, (my choices), leads one after another indefinitely onward. I see this pattern in the forest, too many trees per square acre, choking out the view of the sky. My personal choices, have created this red flag scenario of "not if, but when" will I lose what is dear, my forest playground, my home, my family, or my life? Today, I don't have answers to these difficult questions. However I do believe in the power of thought. I have ability to create new realities just by aligning my focus with what I hope to see in the future.