Lay of My Land, 2011

“Lay of my Land”is a sculpture of the 35 acres that currently compose AZ West.  The history of the western expansion  is in large part a history of land and real estate. First divided up by the Jeffersonian grid ( a one mile square system meant to facilitate land distribution from Washington DC ) the land in the High Desert was then further divided by the “baby” Homestead Acts  which promised 5 acre parcels free to those who would  erect a small structure on it. Lay of my Land speaks to this history of division and subdivision by representing the seemingly endless desert as gridded chunks of segregated and conceptually isolated commodities.