Exhibition Dates: 6 October – 4 November 2017
Short Description: A totem is a natural object assumed as the emblem of a group and serving as a reminder of ancestry. Artist Vincent Pacheco is a new settler, a non-native in an unfamiliar landscape, now living in the Tahoe National Forest. He creates narratives from excavated dead and broken trees, tree stumps, and other found objects from the Sierra mountain forest he inhabits to reveal the after-effects of logging, population growth, tourism, and climate change. Combining prose, parable, and fact, he activates the litany of experiences that shape his understanding of his adopted environs.
Press release project reference: Totem noun | to·tem | \ˈtō-təm\