Title: San Joaquin Merced Revival
Dimensions: 30”h x 45”w x ¼”d
Silk crepe de chine, silk broadcloth, silk Indian Doupioni, silk dyes, water soluble resist, polyester batting, rayon/viscose and polyester thread.
San Joaquin Merced Revival is part of a series about confluences of bodies of water that no longer exist due to human impact. The artwork shows a birds-eye view of where the confluence of the San Joaquin and Merced rivers once was, paired with endangered Chinook salmon. Before the San Joaquin was dammed and heavily diverted for agriculture in the 1940s, the river was the largest in Central California and supported spring and fall salmon runs of over 300,000 fish. The completion of the Friant Dam in 1942 and the diversion of water into the Friant-Kern Canal left little more than a trickle below the dam in most years, drying up the San Joaquin before it reaches its confluence with the Merced. As a result, the count of Chinook salmon fell to zero by the 1950s and the spring and fall salmon runs became extinct. Although this situation may seem hopeless, there is an effort underway to restore the river and the Chinook salmon runs. In 1988, 13 plaintiffs filed a lawsuit and successfully proved that the Friant Dam's diversion of water from the San Joaquin River violated the Endangered Species Act and California's public trust policies. Eventually a settlement was reached in 2006, requiring the river flow and the salmon runs to be restored. Restoration efforts are currently underway.
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Detail image of: San Joaquin Merced Revival
Techniques: silk painting and machine quilting
Press: this artwork appears in the following publications, click on an image below:
Oct 6, 2017 – March 18, 2018 Waterlines, New Museum Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA
Sept 5 – Oct 30, 2014 Bird’s Eye View: Aerial Art , Gallery at 48 Natoma, Folsom, CA
June 23 – September 21, 2012 Art + Life, Commonweal Gallery, Bolinas, CA
March 1-29, 2012 Delta Waters, LH Horton Jr. Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA
Additional info: in a private collection.