Maria Ojeda's Artist Statement (2016)
"Like water, the formation of civilization brings with out all it passes over. Collectives pick up and deposit geological and cultural sediment, moving assiduously through suggested routes, which by use, become carven paths. Connections haphazardly break the silence of cyclical nature. Power lines, utilities, and all other necessary implants designed for survival quickly disappear in the noise of repetitious life. Humanity accumulates in piles & sprawls, contracting, overflowing, and expanding. An infusion of fences, telephone poles, and paths upon path upon paths... Cliffs break under weight of organization. Crowned peeks are flattened, replaced with towers of human imagination, beaming comfort across appropriated lands.
By using material and memorial remnants, I attempt to stage these events. This has become an aesthetic from comfort as a necessity and construction as a compulsion; a struggle between settlement and movement, where whimsy reconciles."