The attached photograph and menu are documentation of the first performance art in a series entitled Consuming the Land: The Practice of American Traditions. Aldo Leopold, an esteemed early conservationist, reminds us that land is much more than soil; it includes waters, plants, and animals, all of which we humans consume. This project is informed by the tradition of consuming the land, as a society and as individuals, and focuses on our local history of land consumption and the consumption of the land as a result of holiday feasts. In the first phase, the artist's family Thanksgiving feast is measured in how many miles the food has traveled to get to their mouths. Future phases will include the Christmas/New Year Holiday and may extend into 2010 for a complete annual cycle of consumption. In pursuing this project, Ms. Bailey hopes to reach a goal of sustainable feasting that reflects her responsibility to the land and her family.
Special thanks to Bill Bailey for the "aerial photographs."
Glass, installation and performance artist Gaea Bailey was born in upstate New York and migrated to Phoenix in the late 60s. After a long corporate career and a decade in retirement, she co-founded The Lords of Art Town Studio and Gallery with her husband, Bill, in 2006. Gaea’s artistic ventures reflect her interest in social commentary, evident in her installation piece, An American Expression: Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees, the beauty of cultural designs revealed through her fused glass work, and her concern for the way humans live with the Earth. She holds a BA in Integrative Studies and a MA with a focus in archaeoastronomy from Arizona State University West Campus. She currently lives in Phoenix surrounded by her husband, four children and granddaughter and is pursuing a second masters through ASU’s MAIS program.