A State of Balance [with Tewa Women United]
Residency, Site-Specific
Española, 2018

“In Tewa Pueblo world, health is thought of
as a state of balance between human and natural environments.”     Rina Swentzell



During the Equal Justice Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute I started working with with Tewa Women United, a Native women-led organization in Northern New Mexico. Together we envisioned a spiral garden, made collectively with the help of the youth and volunteers.

The project was completed with cylindrical ceramic vessels, used for irrigation by collecting water and slowly perculating it to the dry lands of Española Healing Food Oasis. The rim of the vessels were kept outside of the earth, forming a clay circle with engraved words by Rina Swentzell - an important local elder at Santa Clara Pueblo.


- more about the Española Healing Food Oasis, by the writer Alicia Guzman, click here
– more about Tewa Women United, click here
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