Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire
Work by Lydia Cheshewalla and Jessica Price
Drawing from their experiences working in land management and prairie restoration, with special interest in prescribed burning practices, Cheshewalla & Price work in complementary and overlapping mediums, genres, and timelines, bringing together multiple perspectives and experiences to create a room for conversation, curiosity, and action around the land and spaces we occupy within the Midwestern ecological landscape of the Great Plains.
Through projected imagery and data visualizations, they explore how humans interact with and impact ecosystems, inviting examination of relationships with our more-than-human kin in a time of climate change. Using music, poetry, and collaboration with the more-than-human, they draw attention to deep time and kinship pedagogy, examining current practices and thoughts about land and imaging futures where we exist in more sustainable, symbiotic, and celebratory ways with the world and beings around us.
Bonding over their Great Plains roots, rural Midwestern sensibilities, prairie love, and artistic proclivities, Lydia Cheshewalla & Jessica Price became collaborative co-conspirators in 2016.
Lydia Cheshewalla is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation with Cherokee, Modoc, Dakota, and Xicanx descendancy. She is a visual artist who creates ephemeral, site-specific land art and installation accompanied by poetic factualism and grounded in Indigenous kinship pedagogy.
Jessica Price is an accomplished musician/songwriter, currently fronting Chicago-based band Doom Flower, as well as a videographer with work spanning documentary, short film, archival, music video, and education in both digital and film. She works most frequently with a Digital Harinezumi camera, which underscores her signature style of photography.