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Visiting Rachel bas-Cohain's impermanent work of land art yesterday has me reminiscing on the weekend we spent in Nancy Holt's massive concrete sculpture, Sun Tunnels (1976). It makes me smile remembering how we hid away from the open miles of desert heat in July, knowing it's standing there now and wondering who's inside it on this Monday morning. Still ❤️️ lady land art. 📸 @tamsinrelly. at Wendover, Utah

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Rachel bas-Cohain's 'Flat Sculptures', 1978 on view at @airgallery. A kinetic land art work that existed only for this moment of capture. Six years earlier bas-Cohain co-founded AIR, the first feminist cooperative art space of its kind in New York. And also the first gallery to hire me when I moved to New York in 2009. I ❤️ lady land artists. at A.I.R. GALLERY

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“I made the trek down from Xela this morning, rode the bus through the hills, just like we all do. It’s my work,” she tells us in Spanish as her hands rest on the handwoven cotton that must have taken about a month on the back-strap loom. We ourselves had a journey not an hour before, traversing the wind-whipping waves of the lake by lancha. I was drawn to this woman. We didn’t say much. She put her work into words. The symbols, the stitching. She sat down, straightened her back on the wicker chair and pointed to the embroidered nagual. The turtle stretched in all directions, its pink thread vibrant against the adobe walls, celebrating the impending spiritual transformation from human to animal form. I nodded in appreciation, not just of the textile, but of the small but mighty neighborly moments, forms and details that find light when you’re sharing space with another. The images rise to the surface, if you chose to give them your gaze. Photos kindly created by @seth_caplan at the Kem Ajachel Cooperative in Panajachel, Guatemala on Lake Atitlán one windy afternoon in January 2017. at Panajachel, Solola

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Some news to start the day! I'm thrilled to be partnering with the extraordinary CAIR (Capital Area Immigrants' Rights) Coalition on a new program launching this fall. CAIR Coalition is striving to ensure equal justice for all immigrant men, women, and children, at risk of detention and deportation. It goes without saying that this includes the tireless fight to #DefendDACA. Their services include legal representation, educational outreach, impact and advocacy work, and the training of attorneys who defend immigrants in the immigration and criminal justice arenas. Very important work. I'm humbled to be working alongside the brilliant and devoted senior attorney Adina Appelbaum, who has also been a dear friend and source of inspiration for over a decade. Link in my profile to support the Coalition by donating and signing up for their list serve. Hit me up if you'd like to contribute your *special* to our collaboration. More soon!

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Climbing back into the Upper Delaware, after a week in the Bay Area, and I'm starting to feel at home after almost two months of exploring, creating and marveling in this valley. Thanks to everyone I've crossed paths with here for opening doors, and sharing your passion and knowledge with me. at Jensen's Ledges

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After an hour and a half walking the 57-acre park located on the site of the only Revolutionary War Battle fought in the Upper Delaware Region, I found myself surrounded by fellow naturalists from novice to practiced, all huddled around local field guides to try our hands at the fine art of identifying the fleshly fungi finds #theoutsideinstitute at Minisink Battlefield County Park

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🍅BOUNTY🌶FRESHLY💪🏻HARVESTED👊🏻BY👀YOURS👧🏻TRULY💫 at North Branch, New York

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Thinking of this moss-laden, foggy summer morning weeks ago walking with @theoutsideinstitute and all the wonderful woodland discoveries we encountered as we went into the far, quiet forest wilderness. Link in my profile to read about the Institute and other treasures of the Upper Delaware Valley, captured beautifully by @escapebklyn. at Eldred, New York

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Missing this bundle of joy and brilliance! Today is her bbbbirthday. Among my dearest friends, greatest inspirations, and silliest, strongest sources of support. The very best 👑💕💫 at Taos, New Mexico

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Exactly a year after my dad was sick and in the midst of this age of shadows, my whole family began a fifteen-hour journey to the western-most tip of the island just as the new day dawned. Arriving, we didn't have to talk. We just received as the day became night. Vines climbed up homes shingled with distressed wood and cornered by ragweed, their bright greens vibrating with the setting sun. I stood in awe. Not of the candy-colored sky, but of the simple, raw power of shared experience. And collecting ourselves, as we grasp gently onto these layers with open hearts. 💓

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TOGETHER ✌🏻️ at South Beach State Park

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Discovering worlds to step inside of and study firsthand is one of the great joys of my life this year. When I left Guatemala, I wasn't sure how I would continue pursuing my budding love for natural dying and weaving, which began by observing the Mayans. And then in the Delaware River Valley, I met Annie - a practiced artisan with deep reverence for the local wilderness and a spirit that made me want to play. We spent Sunday experimenting. The bright orange and rich browns of these foraged plants are unexpected gifts, and have certainly made a mark on me as my journey continues on. 📸 captured by @jessicagranger. at Eldred, New York

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"Mordant", as dyers call the fixative that allows dye to bind to fiber, determines lightness, brightnesss, and colorfastness. Raw silk and wool fiber pre-soaked generously in warm water baths as locally foraged tansy🌼, Queen Anne's lace🌾, coreopsis🌸, and dyer's polypor🍄 simmered in silver pots. After adding the mordant, we submerged the fibers and the pores opened to wear the dye as their own. ✨ #theoutsideinstitute at Eldred, New York

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🌿SUNDAY🌲FIELD🌳BOTONY🌾GOT🌼ME🍄LIKE💅🏻 at Forestburgh, New York

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Reflecting on this experimental, bulbous painting by #TakesadaMatsutani, which I saw at @hauserwirth #LosAngeles last month thanks to @yutaneko. This is a detail of "La Propagation B (Grise)", 1963, polyvinyl acetate adhesive ( #elmersglue), acrylic and oil on canvas. #Gutai #Tbt 📸 courtesy of @hauserwirth. at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

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Up in a private lakeside refuge facing San Pedro Atítlan down the unpaved road that leads through the Mayan mountain pueblo of Barrio Dos, I arrived at the sanctuary where this courageous Kakchiquel midwife from San Marcos La Laguna shares the ancestral knowledge of her land. We’ve just harvested and prepared the local ruda, purple albahaca, damiana, and manzanilla to soak for the herbal steam bath, and I’m listening to Doña Dominga’s story of learning through her dreams the art of healing, her surprise as people came to her unprompted asking for help; the conflict in embracing a role rarely compensated let alone admired; leveraging intuition, connection, and the age-old technique of abdominal massage to relieve tension in the diaphragm and release physical and emotional blockages. The sunset rays illuminate the mighty tree-covered surfaces of these humble mountains. For a while, reverence reigns - and I recognize how grateful I am to find myself in such intimate moments as the newcomer in places so perfectly wild as this. at San Marcos La Laguna

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