Atalaya: the Myth
All pieces in the Atalaya Collection created by Exertion Gold Sun
at Santa Fe Art Institute's Equal Justice residency
On Atalaya you can drink
the mountains' flowing waters
walk freely as far
as the mountains can see
and much further.
The poles are reversed
and the people come together
to dance and sing.
The pines tell of many subtle signs of life wandering Atalaya's ridges.
They grieve of lost worlds as they whisper their stories.
The mountain's magnificent forests provide voces que sanan,
singing through the images of the Atalaya Collection.
Some of the signs are expressed as ghosts, many are landscapes;
all imbued with a certain kind of life force, whether crystalline, spectral, or decaying.
Beneath Atalaya lays a valley blissful in the solitude of its surrounding mountains,
and in awe of the huge ponderosa that hug its perimeters.
The wild places imprinted in this collection take their palette
from Atalaya's quartz outcroppings, bruised and rusty granite, mint green mosses, and chalky, orangey sandstone base.
Unexpected are what they call "objections."
Signs of life perhaps less desirable to be left behind,
yet will likely remain from our era for many many years.
Leftover, half-cropped artifacts of camping gear and helmets
waiting to be dug up by future archaeologists.
To be a stone
atop Atalaya mountain
living in alignment
To honor our teachers
keep plans with family
simplify our abundunce,
and keep an open heart
To expand our circles
be at ease, so easy
To let it rain