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Backyard Study #2: Fall City, 2011

An ongoing investigation of memory
Jack's Epitaph, 2010
       

Site-specific public art installation,
Tacoma, WA
Eight Belles' Dream:
A Collaboration with Inmates of Montana State Prison
, 2012
     

This classic horse bridle, made in 2012, presents an example of the centuries-old American crafts of leatherworking and horsehair hitching. The latter is a superb yet vanishing Western art that is surviving in few places except inside the walls of Montana State Prison, where inmates pass on their knowledge hand to hand, and are allowed to sell their intricate work inside the prison gift store for up to thousands of dollars. This project was made possible withsupport from a Tacoma Artists Initiative Project grant. Find out more about it here.
 
Headstall: Lisa Kinoshita. Kangaroo leather, horsehair, antler, sterling silver, steel.
Cheekstrap tassels: Pat Turner. Hitched horsehair.
Reins: Anonymous (inmate). Hitched horsehair.
Valley Roundelay, 2012
An architectural study inspired by the iconic American barn made from jewel-tone, interlocking panels. Commissioned by the City of Fife, Washington, the artwork is an homage to the area's agricultural history, and the immigrants of many countries who came to settle in the shadow of Mt. Rainier. Its modernist lines and materials reflect the community's evolution from the past into the unforeseeable future. A roundelay is a repeating refrain in music - Valley Roundelay hints at how family farms and commercial development have imposed cycles of change upon each other.
 
Plexiglas. 16x42x22in
Collection of Fife Historical Society