“Siren Song” is a body of work centred on the desert landscape of California's Salton Sea - a place where life barely whispers. It focuses on the materiality of the landscape and the vestiges of its inhabitants – remains that give a sense of the past. In many ways, Siren Song is more about the people – and their absence – than about the land.
The Salton Sea, California's largest lake, is a region that bears witness to human intention, intervention, failure, and tenacity. This accidental and artificial “sea” is the result of repeated attempts to channel waterways, develop agriculture, and create resorts, all of which have left scars on the surrounding localities. The water is quickly evaporating and the area is becoming increasingly noxious. Most communities there struggle to survive.
Almost frozen in time, the Salton Sea feels silent and empty. Sparseness, open terrain, the desert’s horizon, and the distant mountains define this world and pull me in. The artifacts of everyday life, embedded in the desolate aesthetics of the landscape, compel me and help draw a connection to the history of this arid environment