Michele Guieu + Monica Rickler Marks
Desert Dairy Artists in Residence
You are invited to an open house to view the works of Michele and Monica.
Thursday, February 24
Desert Dairy Artist Residency
74256 Mesa Dr.
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Information: 619 869-0513
Ephemeral installation in the Mojave Desert made of rocks found on site
The Desert Dairy
Slow Down is the third site-specific ephemeral installation I have created at Desert Dairy. The expanse of the Mojave Desert is the perfect setting to spend time in nature and create installations using only materials I find on-site. This time, I am using rocks. Here, I spend my days working outside, in silence and slowly, feeling the hours changing, with the heat going up and down. Slowing down is an idea we may all need to reflect on in a world that may soon not have all the energy and resources that we take for granted.
Michele Guieu is a multidisciplinary artist, art educator, and activist focusing on the multiple existential threats we face today and the urgency to change our relationship with nature, recognizing that we are all part of it. Michele is the Arts Coordinator at the MAHB @mahglobal (Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere), a Stanford initiative. She is also the creator and curator of What's Next for Earth @whatsnextforearth, an art project on Instagram supported by the MAHB and the Post Carbon Institute, to reflect on the climate emergency, the human predicament, and envision a desirable future.
Monica Rickler Marks
A collection of mixed media art utilizing discarded objects found on site.
The Desert Dairy
During her residency at the Desert Dairy, Monica Rickler Marks allowed the desert atmosphere to guide her process, eschewing the structured and thematic work she typically creates. Reclaim is a personal journey of discovery to reclaim what was once abandoned and forgotten. Utilizing paint and clay, she also incorporates objects she finds in the Mojave in her assemblages. Texture, layering, color choices and negative space all become informed by the sense of light and dry desert air.
Monica Rickler Marks is a mixed media collage and assemblage artist from Los Angeles. She received her BA in Art from California State University, Northridge, and her MA in Clinical Art Therapy at Loyola Marymount University. Monica believes strongly in the power of expressive arts to promote emotional growth and healing; typically, her art shines a light on identities, disabilities, and differences that are often kept hidden from the public, exploring biases and harmful social norms that are rooted in misogyny, ableism, racism, body-shaming, and anti-Semitism. Monica often focuses on erasing the stigma of and normalizing mental illness. Her mixed media collages and assemblages combine found objects, sculpted clay and sometimes imagery and text.