Many animals have light seeking eyes, enabling them to see in the dark. The first eyes in the animal kingdom evolved for the purpose of seeking light.* I need some of those eyes! I love going on walks in the wilderness at night.
I grew up in south Texas, lived in Mexico, Brazil and moved to NYC in my early twenties. After 15 years living on the east coast, I found myself yearning to live in a wilder place, to be closer to nature in a more ancient and vulnerable way. I moved to the high desert of Oregon where I ‘ve lived off the grid for the past 9 years. When I’m not exploring the wilderness, I’m drawing, painting, making things from bones; lately I’ve been busy with the release of my new book Closer to Wildness and preparing for an exhibition A COLLECTION FOR ZOPILOTE at Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago April 10-May 16 2015. The opening is Friday May 10 , 6-8 pm and there will be a gallery talk on Saturday.
LIGHT SEEKING EYES is going behind the scenes: what sparks ideas , the process behind some of my work & I’m excited to be interviewing many different kinds of artists, writers, musicians and naturalists. I switch the posts around from time to time so the dates of posting are not correct.
*Larvae of marine invertebrates worms, sponges, jellyfish – have the simplest eyes that exist. They consist of no more than two cells: a photoreceptor cell and a pigment cell. These minimal eyes, called eyespots, resemble the proto-eyes suggested by Charles Darwin as the first eyes to appear in animal evolution. They cannot form images but allow the animal to sense the direction of light.