History of the LA River

Stoneware and glaze, 2014
40" x 28" x 22"

This cactus tells the story of subjugated nature in LA. Appropriating a common image from Southern California (the scratching of images into the flesh of cacti), this work explores the complex environmental, social, and political history of the Los Angeles River from the founding of El Pueblo to present day. Once the primary source of water for the city, the LA River was concretized in the 30's. Today it is an ever-changing landscape of revitalization, bureaucracy, boundary, industry, and displacement.