December 7, 2022

Remembering and imagining: Lauren Moya Ford’s “Sandy Water”

Remembering something is like looking into sandy water — things get lost and hidden by what rises up from somewhere else. “Sandy Water” is an artist book that I made while thinking about the landscapes that I grew up with. My memories of the Gulf Coast, South Texas, and the Hill Country get cloudier the longer I live away from them, but their sand, shells, bird songs, insects, and wildflowers also seem to become more vivid parts of who I am.

The line between writing and drawing is like the line between remembering and imagining — it sharpens and then blurs. After all, when I’m drawing sand and water, the two look so similar that they could be the same.

“Sandy Water” is a limited edition, four-color risograph printed book published by Super Hit Press in conjunction with my solo exhibition of the same name, on view at Rising Tide Projects in Galveston through June 30, 2019. The book, available online, features a series of 13 ink drawings of imagined-remembered landscapes and 11 of which are paired with personal texts written in the past three years.

Lauren Moya Ford
Lauren Moya Ford
Lauren Moya Ford is a Texan artist and writer based in Austin.