NANCY DEWHURST / MOLLY ZIMMER
“Creature” was a collaborative performance which addressed concepts of camouflage, movement through space, species development based on habitat factors, and the transformation of materials that are locally sourced. The performance suit was constructed with yucca leaves from the nearby soil in Brock Canyon, strapped together using black zip ties and trash bags.
As part of the Land Arts of the American West outdoor interdisciplinary program, we visited the Gila National Forest for four days, where we collaborated on “Creature.” We mashed together our concepts, developing games out of limitations in play and constructing material objects at site-specific locations that embedded the human in the landscape. Together, we wanted to explore material and sound and create a narrative out of movement. The piece addressed the aesthetic of the natural environment there in color and narrative and allowed us to play on the folklore of the area’s stories on the gila monster, wilderness fauna, and unknown territory that is protected in the Gila Forest.