~Eva Soltes, Founder/Director
Dear Friends of Harrison House,
As many of you have, we have spent the last weeks asking ourselves what actions our organization should be taking in the fight against systemic and violent racism, inequality and injustice that plagues our communities and our country.
There are many ways for all of us to get involved and dedicate ourselves to doing the work that needs to be done. As an arts organization, we invite you to consider intentionally supporting the work of black artists at an individual level, recognizing their vital contributions and amplifying their voices.
We want to honor and support the work of Dominique Moody who has made an extraordinary contribution to the Harrison House Arts & Ecology Center.
On June 1, 2016, Dominique Moody in her newly completed “Nomad 46”, a tiny house on wheels, rolled up Mount Lassen Avenue and into our “bone yard” across the street from Harrison House. Dominique, an accomplished assemblage artist in the lineage of Noah Purifoy was commissioned as a “Samuel H. Scripps artist-in-residence” to create a site-specific work utilizing found materials. Discovering the plywood forms used to build the Strawbale vault at Harrison House along with selections from a vast collection of bottles, she outfitted the former horse coral with a new work “Three Sistahs Dreamin’ of Worms Dancin’ ”.
Following that, what was to be a three month residency turned into a nearly two year stay for Dominique where we were privileged to have her deeply thoughtful and highly skilled artistic practice at creating “living spaces”. Dominique thought through what we were trying to create on the site, building and honing the ground floor of what has become an inspiring hub for the practice and teaching of drylands permaculture and a place for artists to explore the intersection of art and ecology.
Being legally blind has not stopped Dominique from doing anything that she perceives as important. To us she epitomizes the courage, perseverance, skill and perception that leads to great art and she deserves the highest recognition and support for her work.
To learn more about Dominique Moody’s story and journey with Nomad 46 and to join us in supporting her work, please visit her website: https://dominiquemoody.com
There will always be new ways we all can help. May the legacy of George Floyd and Dominique’s own nephew, Jahba Wedemier who died in police custody, blossom into equity and appreciation for black Americans.
Please join us in committing to listening, learning, taking action and holding ourselves accountable. On behalf of all of us at Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology.
Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology