homestead cabins in the high desert
The homestead cabins that dot the wild desert landscape of Wonder Valley can provoke both curiosity and unease in the outsider, but to the residents of Wonder Valley they’re home. They connect us as a community.
The homesteads have featured prominently in my work. On this page you will find artworks, projects, and resources that explore the cultural legacy of the Small-Tract Homestead Act in Southern California’s high desert.
In an arid land the boundaries of the derelict homestead cabin are liquid, hanging between precipitance and dissolution. The cabin is a metaphor for disappearance in a land of disappearance, a land into which we fear, and sometimes long, that we ourselves might disappear.– notes, Culver Center of the Arts/UC Riverside, 2013
- Wonder Valley Homestead Cabin Festival organized with Wonder Valley Arts in February-March 2008
- more about the 2008 Festival, events, and participants and posts exploring the cultural legacy of the Small-Track Act on Homestead Is Where the Art Is, the blog of the Cabin Festival
- Jackrabbit Homestead: Kim Stringfellow’s web-based multimedia project includes me in free downloadable audio tour as well as in the book
- text of presentation Home: Finding Our Place
- The Pink Cabin – a story of disappearance (pdf)
- artwork inspired by the homestead cabins
- magicgroove homestead in Don’t Fence Me In (pdf)
- cabin festival in Dune Magazine (pdf) Architectural Issue; the Hi-Desert Star (pdf); and The Desert Trail (pdf)
- Jackrabbit Homesteads and the magicgroove studio in KCET Artbound
Linen, cotton, ceramic, steel. 2008.
Disappearance and the Homesteads of the Mojave
Pastel on sandpaper. 2015-16.