Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Lake Merritt, Monoprint, 22x30 inches, 2007.
My work is interdisciplinary. It draws on my practices both as a cultural anthropologist and a visual artist. I am guided by the notion that ethnographies and visual art are both means of illuminating, communicating, and feeling our presence in the world. The process of this hybrid practice creates new forms of knowledge, engagement, and new ways of seeing and of being in the world and requires long-term relationships with collaborators, and deep engagement with places. The end results; ethnographies and art installations, serve as models of action for the audience who reproduce some of the practices used in the work of creating the installation.