Common Language, Punctuating the Landscape by two west Texas artists, Suzi Davidoff and Rachelle Thiewes, consists of lush, large-scale photographs printed directly on aluminum and a twin-screen video production. Their project began with a joint residency at Fiskars Village, an artist’s cooperative in Finland. They created several site-specific installations that responded to the natural landscape and architectural/historic structures by incorporating foreign objects and materials. Returning to the Chihuahuan desert, they continued the project as a conversation with the forested Finnish landscape. Each installation could be experienced in person for a short time before it was dismantled or worn away by natural forces. Because of the temporary nature of the installations, the process of photography became an extension and record of the sites and a central component of the artists’ finished project. One image has been selected from each of the 20 installation sites and printed large scale directly on aluminum. Two videos will be projected on walls and floor in conjunction with the photographic installation. The exhibition is accompanied by a hardcover book with photographs and text relating to the project and process, with a special artist proof edition.
Adrian Gomez, “Three exhibits add up to look at time” Albuquerque Journal