"I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid. You're afraid of us." – The Matrix
On September 11, 2001 I was in Wonder Valley, CA. As far away from New York City, both geographically and culturally, as one could be. The following day I was awoken to the sounds and vibrations of bombing from the 29 Palms military base. I am part owner of a homestead cabin 16 miles from Adobe Road off of Amboy and live full time in Los Angeles. This is a personal and political project.
Over the past twelve years, the bombings in this area have been consistent, especially on weekends and holidays. Due to this region’s similar landscape/climate to US conflicts abroad, the 29 Palms base has been the practice ground for military conditioning from Afghanistan to Iraq, to Libya to Egypt, and now in preparation for Syria. The bomb drills are rarely seen and always felt through the reverberation of the earth in this area. The physical and psychological effects are as transparent as the cracking cement foundations of most homes in this area and to the opaque “I feel safe that they are doing this” sentiments from some of this areas residence.
Inflatable Bomb Plumes is a visual installation of bomb plumes to be placed in front of homes throughout this area - as a visual form of the bombs that are only heard and felt but never seen.
Saturday–Sunday, October 12–13, 2013
79123 Amboy Road (at Amboy & Allen Rd)
Wonder Valley, California