Tara Marshall-Tierney.
Rio Grande Headwaters
August 2014

…BOUNDARIES!Can reach the state border a walk from here. The connection of the two states.!I will go and “disconnect” them any way I can.!Digging!Moving matter between states!I may even switch the states over.!!I will need!-Directions -Shovel -Camera & Tripod to record the performance!!!-Go Pro?!!!-Tape Measure!!Disconnecting States!In digging in between, trying to “remove” the connection, I will be creating even more of a boundary/border, separating them without creating a space of disconnect. The best way would be to blur the boundaries.!



August 18 – 22: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
August 25 – 27: Valle de Oro, Albuquerque, New Mexico
August 28 – September 1: Rio Grande Headwaters, Colorado
September 2 – 3: Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
September 4 – 7: El Vado Lake, New Mexico
September 15 – 19: Turkey Creek, Gila, New Mexico
September 20 – 22: Elephant Butte Lake, New Mexico
September 23 – 27: Valle de Oro, Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 13 – 15: El Paso, Texas
October 16 – 19: Big Bend State Park, Texas
October 20 – 24: Dixon Water Foundation, Marfa, Texas
October 29 – December 12: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico


Etta Arviso, Subhankar Banerjee, Malcolm Benally, Alan Boldon, Larry Emerson, John Fleck, Carol Fugagli, Alicia Guzman, Orien MacDonald, John Reid, Anna Rondon, Teri Rueb


Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge (Albuquerque), CERM, Center for Environmental Research and Management (University of Texas, El Paso), Dixon Water Foundation (Marfa Texas)

This journey began at the source of the Rio Grande, the headwaters west of Creede, Co.

Chaco Canyon is a cultural center of the Southwest. Chaco was an investigative site that allowed students to explore the existence of a distant civilization.

El Vado Reservoir located near Cuba, New Mexico. 2014 was a historically dry year. Many of the sites visited were at record low capacities.

Land Arts visited the Valle de Oro Nationals Wildlife Refuge, the only urban wildlife refuge in the Southwest, located in the Albuquerque South Valley.

Site: El Paso

Posner 2014

Date: 10/14/2014


Increasing salinization of surface and groundwater. Increasing water demands for growing population.

Water quality impacts from agri-­‐municipal and industrial discharge. Changing regional climates.



Competing demands.

Pollutants-­‐ agriculture, urban, industrial. Invasive species.

Bi-­‐national challenges.

Land Arts of the American West 2014 Exhibition