try to redirect a rock to make sure it’s sound and solid, and every now and then I’ll lose a stone completely, but usually I just kind of go with it and let it be. How does water enhance your work? Water allows you to really see the true stone. When my three kids were a bit younger, we would walk the arroyo and pick up rocks. I would always tell them to get them wet first. When you look at the patina on the exterior of a stone, the crack deposits, the minerals—you are seeing millions of years of history in that stone. Running water over it really wakes up the color and brings those elements alive. What is it about water that intrigues people so much? Out here, we are very cognizant of water because of the drought. I’ve noticed that a lot of people in New Mexico are, like me, originally from somewhere else. In California or anywhere on the East Coast, water is just there; you don’t really think about it much until you live in an area where it’s a precious resource. A lot of the people who buy my artwork are missing that element they took for granted back home. They want to sit next to it and just listen to it run and be soothed.—JM Joshua Gannon’s work can be found at Range West Gallery and Indigo Gallery in Madrid, and The Carole LaRoche Gallery in Santa Fe.
Su Casa Northern New Mexico Summer 2014 Digital Edition