Christine Howard Sandoval

Artist in Residence, 2024

Artist Statement

If cartography, through its translation of space into quantifiable measurements, is a form of colonization- I seek a language of place that refuses reduction through the multiplicity of perspective. Smithson’s theory of entropy, a process of deterioration that is conditioned by irreversibility, has driven my art practice. My work extends from my direct experiences in landscapes that are entropic, and maps conflicting forces that contribute to their transformation. My material practice is invested in working with adobe, a mix of sand, clay, and soil. Adobe belongs to desert cultures and has been used to make architecture and land based technologies since time immemorial. I use land-based materials to present non-static forms of drawing and sculpture.

While at Headlands

While at Headlands I anticipate starting production on video and works on paper or sculpture that relate to research I have been doing about California Indigenous land based matrilineal practices. I expect this work to engage paper making, harvesting materials at a designated site with the local Amah Mutsun, light construction, walking, writing, etc. I would like to engage the area around the Headlands in this work if possible.