What We Wrote on the Water

Maternal Mitochondria has a new art show up with Vital Spaces arts organization! Located in the Midtown Annex, 1600 St. Michaels Drive, and available by appointment only (in order to ensure COVID-safe practices), What We Wrote on The Water is a video installation constructed from the poetry of borders, drumming in a dream, the scarce commodity of water in the desert, and gestures in ink. The installation will be available to experience from January 9th-February 8th, and there is no fee!

In a dark enclosed womb of space, the video projects over a large vase, filled with water. It features the Japanese art of suminagashi, spoken poetry, and percussive drums. The projection overlaps the glass, creating new shadows and reflections. This is an immersive experience, playing with materials such as ink and glass, and the metaphor of water as the unconscious mind.

What We Wrote on the Water explores the dialectical flow between creator and viewer, form and meaning, being both on the surface of the water and under it. The viewer leaves refreshed, having temporarily been elsewhere.

FOR APPOINTMENTS: From January 9th-February 8th, please call Isabel at 505-231-1922 or e-mail Miriam at msagan1035@aol.com.

Installation art featuring sound, poetry, water, glass and ink.

Maternal Mitochondria is a mother-daughter creative duo collaborating in Santa Fe. Miriam Sagan is a writer and Isabel Winson-Sagan is an interdisciplinary artist. Their bilingual video installation of suminagashi and poetry, Thresh/hold, premiered in an abandoned square grain silo at Studio Kura in Itoshima, Japan in 2018. They produced a poetry and suminagashi installation in Santa Fe’s Railyard Park with more than twenty participants, aged 4 to 80. The walking path at Santa Fe Skies RV Park on Route 14 is host to their Fairy Houses installation in recycled metal, which has had numerous visitors during the pandemic. For What We Wrote on the Water, they have also collaborated with local drummer Tim Brown.

5 thoughts on “What We Wrote on the Water

  1. Judy says:

    Kudos to Maternal Mitochondia on this installation piece, What We Wrote on the Water. The team has succeeded in offering a wonderous experience to the viewer.

    I attended this dynamic exhibition twice this morning. It runs for about 5 minutes. I definitely recommend scheduling 15 minutes, and sitting to view it two or three times. At first, I watched, listened, as my left brain tried to understand what was occurring before me. Sitting quietly in the dark as it emerged before me a second time, I witnessed it more deeply, feeling the flow of image and words wash around me. And, it continued to linger as a positive awareness all day.

    Such is a terrific installation experience, and kudos for making this available during pandemic days. I highly recommend scheduling a visit.

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