Southwest Desert Lands
Art of Melody Winnig

“The strangeness and wonder of existence are emphasized here, in the desert... the living organism stands out bold and brave and vivid against the lifeless sand and barren rock. The extreme clarity of the desert light is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life-forms. Love flowers best in openness and freedom.” Edward Abbey

In 1996 the Arroyo Hondo forest fire swept through the land north of Taos, New Mexico, destroying many buildings at Lama Foundation. The structures pictured below are the remains of the Intensive Studies Center at Lama. For a week I spent solitary afternoons sitting in the sun-drenched refuge of these ghost buildings. Melody

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