Title: Where did the Kings River go?
Dimensions: 16”h x 16”w x ¼”d
(20” h x 20” w x 2” d framed)
Silk broadcloth, silk Indian Doupioni, polyester batting, rayon/viscose and polyester thread.
Where did the Kings River go? is part of a series about confluences of bodies of water that no longer exist due to human impact. The Kings River was one of four rivers feeding Tulare Lake, the largest freshwater body west of the Mississippi. The lake was a seasonal lake, sometimes drying up in the summer, that served as an important stop on the Pacific flyway for migratory birds. Historical accounts describe farmers walking up to the shores and scooping up buckets of clams, terrapins, mussels and perch. During the 1800s, the lake was gradually taken over as farmland by diking the rivers and diverting them into irrigation channels. By the 1920s, the entire lake had been converted to farmland. This artwork shows a birds-eye view of where the Kings River ends as a free flowing river and is diverted into irrigation channels. There is a current proposal to bring back Tulare Lake as a way to solve some of California’s water storage and ecological problems.
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Detail image of: Where did the Kings River go?
Techniques: machine quilting and machine embroidery
Press: this artwork appears in the following publications, click on an image below:
July 15 – December 20, 2018 The Nature of a Stitch, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
May 20 – June 17, 2017 Retrofit 1.0, Telegraph Hill Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Oct 2012 - February 2013 Works on Water, Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA
September 1-30, 2010 Fathoming, WorkSpace Ltd Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Additional info: in a private collection