This book was created in conjunction with A Thirst for Saltwater, a solo exhibition of new work by Lehuauakea Fernandez on view at Fuller Rosen Gallery from May 25 - July 12, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. A Thirst For Saltwater seeks to complicate the relationships inherently created through consumption, asking if what we easily devour is devouring us instead.
A Thirst for Saltwater reflects on Lehuauakea’s experiences during a recent artist residency and month-long backpacking trip with Signal Fire. Utilizing public lands to advocate for equitable access and protection of wild and open places, the southwest immersion residency granted artists access to occupied Indigenous lands in what is now widely considered to be the Four Corners of the American Southwest. Along with studying the Ancestral Puebloan empire on a series of interconnected site visits, residents engaged with contemporary Southwest artists, activists, and researchers.
This book contains sketches, photographs, maps, landscapes, poetry, memories, observations, questions, and experiences from the iconic geography of the American Southwest.