Jami Porter Lara, ‘LDS-MHB-NPBR-0916CE-05’, 2016, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2017

Please note, this work is sold as a set. The dimensions are 11 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch and 12 x 4.75 x 3 inch.

Jami Porter Lara uses a 2,000-year-old process to make objects that resemble a ubiquitous icon of modern life: the plastic bottle. While exploring a remote stretch of the U.S./Mexico border, Porter Lara found two-liter bottles used to carry water—the most recent in a lineage of artifacts that remain from millennia of human travel through the region. Using these found objects as source, her purpose is to reconceptualize the plastic bottle to better represent its function as a precious object—a vessel—capable of sustaining human life. Born in 1969 in Spokane, Washington, Porter Lara has lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1980. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., as well as exhibitions at the New Mexico Museum of Art; the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover, Utah; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
–Courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts

Image rights: Courtesy of Simon Breitbard Fine Arts

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