Proposal to dredge the wall 1 & 2 Two lithograph prints. Edition of 8. Installed with screens designed after papermaking screens and built by Lucas Zuniga. 24 x 30 inches. 2018.
1/8/2018 Do borders exist in nature? A continental divide, an eddyline...
This wall of mud is bustling with life at low tide, as evident by the marks each creature leaves as they sink into the mud- crabs, herons, gulls. If we could sift through the mud I wonder what else we would find.
There is a border wall of mud that divides the river from the sea. The river became completely cut off to the sea once releases into Mexico ceased due to the filling of Lake Powell. As river water stopped flowing into the estuary, the tides worked their way upstream, depositing sediment and building a natural berm.
From our campsite we traveled through the tidal sandbar to the estuary. It was only possible to navigate this section because the sandbar was dredged and moving through the river is like shimmying down a ditch. Before we reached the sandbar we observed the Rio Colorado spilling over the channel and into little pools on either side. They were glassy and reflective in the sunrise. Calm and slow as a lake. The riverbed appeared to be peeling off like the surface of a shaggy carpet- a cryptic greenish brown color. Dead salt cedars and cattails flood the river channel; the water is trapped salt water from the high tide and is even too saline for tamarisk.
The current started to pick up after we crossed the highest point in the sandbar. The channel sank into the mud, the dredged section stopped, and the water hurled itself downhill. Finally, we are riding a current rather than paddling flat water. We ran out of water around 1:30 pm once the tides left the river estuary and were shipwrecked, leaving us an afternoon to walk the mudflats.