Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West

The Garden of Earthly Delights, 2019

Video Installation: Three Flat Screen Televisions and Sound Bar

In collaboration with Harmonic Laboratory, on exhibit now through September 29, 2019 at the High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon.


The Garden of Earthly Delights depicts a loss of innocence through three juxtaposing video panels. This piece references Hieronymus Bosch’s iconic 15th century three-part work or tryptic by the same title. The original imagery reflects biblical scenes read from left to right; Eden, the Judgment, and Hell. Bosch’s triptych warns of the devastating outcome of irresponsibility and self-interest. The imagery represents the tension between two cultures engaged in a negotiation over limited water resources.

This work uses two natural High Desert settings representing either an abundance or scarcity of water. The protagonists reflect the socio-political tension between two groups over water rights; the Native peoples who have inhabited the area since time immemorial with deep ancestral and spiritual ties to the water, and the Euro-American settlers who have journeyed west over the past two centuries to establish their homes and industries. This is a cautionary tale of the price of exploitation.