Working with Nora Naranjo Morse from Santa Clara Pueblo on Always Becoming
May 5-7, 2008
Day One: May 5, 2008
We met up with Nora and began with a conversation about her work and about the history of
Day Two: May 6th 2008
This day we met up at the NMAI museum on the national mall for the initial cleaning of the sculptures. We began with “Mother.” Working with natural sponges and water we used quick circular movements to brush the surface of the sculpture to make it more even, and lessen the appearance of erosion on the surface. It completely freaked me out to see the surface fall off. These sculptures are made to last for ten years and so the surface is meant to break down over time. Nora assured us that we were improving the appearance of the surface not damaging the sculpture. We began to work on “Moon Woman” aka Beyonce. Nora wanted to reinterpret the losses of the surface. Monique, another intern made the losses more decorative so they looked like they were made purposefully. Nora really liked this and then more decorative flourishes were added.
Day Three: May 7th 2008
We reconvened at the NMAI mall museum in the morning. Nora had decided that some of the decorative flourishes were too distracting from the piece and so we removed areas of surface where some of these decorative flourishes had been. After removing these areas of the surface we talked about the sculpture and what we thought of the changes. Nora showed us a film of the Acoma Pueblo and we spoke about pueblo architecture and culture and how they relate to her work.