Water BodiesClara Dykstra
salt and mud from Death Valley National Park, water, newsprint, inkjet printed images, specialty drawing paper, linen thread, PVA glue, water extracted prints from dirt sites, smythe sewn.9 x 6.5 inches
Artist Statement

Tumpisa (Death Valley), a desert valley in a large basin and range formation in Eastern California, has been a lake many times in the past. The rock of the eastern mountain ranges were formed from sediment accumulation and volcanic eruptions at the bottom of the ancient lake between 200 to 50 million years ago. The lake has now been dry for over 10,000 years. The canyons in the mountains are still carved out by intensive flooding from rains. In many ways, this desert was formed by water and is still honed by it.

Seeking ways to connect and collaborate with the ancient mountains and lakebed of Tumpisa, the artist went to visit in March 2023. The artist gifted water to the dry ancient lakebed and salt crystallized within the pulp of the paper, creating varied salt and mud prints.


Clara seeks ways to connect with the earth across all timescales. She is deeply interested in collaboration. She is interested in the sublime and the unexpected. She designs spaces for living.

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