Kate Lee Short
The vastness of the Mojave Desert is transfixing. It captures the hearts and the imagination of many. Upon moving to the high desert, I was taken back by the silence, by how sound moved within this wide open landscape. The profound resonance of this space humbled me as an artist and I found myself quite reserved to add anything to the natural beauty that surrounded me. I quickly entered a space of deep contemplation as my pace in life began to match the new environment I was in. Geologic time, the juxtaposition of the nature’s delicate hand and its iron fist, all of life at its extreme, it is a place where you come face to face with the most challenging elements of nature as well as the innermost parts of yourself. The depth of beauty and character, the spirit of the land slowly unfolds with both subtlety and grandeur. Its pace being a gift allowing for significant reflection, meditation and transformation. The Mojave Sound Art evolved out of my reflection upon the longevity of living and creating artwork within the vastness of this landscape.
After 22 years of living in the San Francisco Bay area, I moved to Wonder Valley in December of 2016 to pursue working on large scale sound art installations and to allow a new chapter of my art practice to unfold.
In 2017 I purchased land in Wonder Valley for the purpose of art and experimental living. My work in the Mojave is an experiment in life and habitation on an ever hotter planet. We live in a crucial point in history when our relationship to the weather is changing and it affects every aspect of life and health. In a nation that is divided and drawn to extremes, perhaps it makes sense to go even further? The desert is teaming with life that has evolved to inhabit some of the most extreme landscapes on the planet. I’m interested in what we can learn here together through art and environmental stewardship. With community, is there anywhere we truly cannot live?
Ven Voisey is a Oakland-based multi-disciplinary artist, working primarily in sculpture, installation and sound. Born in Richmond, CA, Voisey grew up in the East Bay Area of Northern California. In 2000, he received a BA from San Francisco State University in a self-designed major combining Humanities, Electronic music , Film, and Conceptual Art. He continued his education outside of school by working, touring and collaborating with kinetic sculpture and installation collective Amorphic Robot Works, building machines, learning electronics, and composing music. In 2003, Voisey moved to North Adams, MA where he worked with a variety of arts organizations (MASS MoCA, MCLA Gallery 51, Clark Art Institute, Images Cinema...) and making his own work in his studio and exhibiting nationally. In 2010 he was Artist-in-Residence at the Berkshire Museum and was awarded the Individual Artist grant from Local Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire. His work was included in the 2012 deCordova Biennial at deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. In 2013 he was a fellow of the Roswell Artist in Residence Program in Roswell, New Mexico. He returned to his home state in 2014 where he is currently working on new work.