I’ve been thinking about storms a lot lately. In part, because here in New Mexico, we’ve been having snow storm after snow storm. Last year, my first winter here, there was almost no snow and I found myself actually missing it.
With climate change, the frequency and power of giant waves are increasing. Susan Casey’s book The Wave is a fascinating read about just how intense these waves can be, and about the surfers and scientists who try to understand them.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about storms all over the world. My zine series SHE IS RESTLESS, which visualizes climate change events, features giant waves and the aftermaths of storms, like Hurricane Sandy.
Lately, I’ve been working on a series of paintings depicting giant boulders moved by storms. On the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, there are two enormous boulders on the edge of a cliff. They are thought to have been put there by a massive storm during a previous era of climate change, thousands of years ago.
On a sunny January day, Sonia and I drove out to the Bisti De Na Zin wilderness area with our friend Mary Robnett. Sonia had been before, and Mary and I were excited to see the wind-carved landscape for the first time.
It’s an amazing place. Everywhere you look, there are different shapes in rock. There are tall skinny spires in shale, short red colored mounds, green colored mounds, low round orbs, valleys carved by washes and more. It’s easy to get lost among the rocks as everywhere you look is different.
As January goes, it wasn’t the coldest of days, about 40 degrees Fahrenheit. But the wind was so strong that we had to bundle up to stay warm on our long walk through the wilderness area. With our wind whipped cheeks it wasn’t hard to imagine how some of these shapes had been carved by wind and storms over time. I definitely recommend a visit here, but I wouldn’t recommend trying to shoot jewelry photos in the winter. It was freezing!
In 2014, a massive storm off the coast of Ireland, in the Aran Islands on Inishmore, moved another huge boulder.