Preview of New Documentary Series, ‘The Earth Chronicles Project’

THE magazine | THE magazine - March 27, 2013

"This series of films explores the intersection between art and the natural world..."

Since the time our ancient ancestors first daubed paint on cave walls, human beings have been artistically inspired by the natural world. It’s not surprising, then, that artists are often among those advocating for environmental protection, illuminating the delicate ecological system of checks and balances that so beautifully holds the landscape together. New Mexico artist Fran Hardy is no exception to this rule. Known for her paintings of scrubby Joshua trees, stately ponderosa pines and gnarly oaks, Hardy has collaborated with filmmaker Bob Demboski to create a documentary series entitled The Earth Chronicles Project.

This series of films explores the intersection between art and the natural world—how weavers use native plant species to dye their wool, how landscape architects work to preserve ancient groves of trees and how artists use natural micaceous clay to create New Mexico’s iconic pottery. The Earth Chronicles Project will be shown on April 15 at 6 p..m. at the Santa Fe Art Institute and will be followed by a question and answer period with the filmmakers and several of the artists featured in the film. The documentary is accompanied by an art exhibition, including photographs by Rourke McDermott, fiber and mixed-media works by Lauren Camp and weavings by Irvin and Lisa Trujillo.

Bill Gilbert, Hercules at Calperum Station with QR code, digital print mounted on duratrans, 40” x 40”, 2011

The Earth Chronicles Project
April 15 to May 17
The Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 Saint Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe. 424-5050.
Film Showing: Monday, April 15, 6 pm.