Gas-for-Water addresses petroleum's value through trade. The project began in Lake Mead, Nevada during the Southwest's recent drought. It imagines the plight of “meadmaids,” whose livelihood is dependent on the lake, formed in 1936 when the Hoover Dam was completed. Set in a dystopian future where gas is plentiful but water is scarce, the meadmaids exchange one for the other as they journey back to the lake and replenish its holdings. The exchange is choreographed, the score of which is displayed, along with a hand-drawn map of oil extraction sites in the LA region.
Gas-for-Water, performance at Gas Gallery and Odd Ark LA, 2018. In collaboration with Kate Kendall.
THE MEADMAIDS ARE NOW COLLECTING DONATIONS OF FRESH WATER FROM LOS ANGELES RESIDENTS TO RETURN TO DROUGHT-STRIKEN LAKE MEAD! CONTACT INFO@SUSBATT.COM TO ORGANIZE A PICK UP AND TAKE PART IN THIS PRODIGIOUS STRUGGLE.
Fresh water donations to save Lake Mead:
Save Lake Mead! (Gas-for-Water), performance for Hiking Club LA, Los Angeles tap water, Reliance brand plastic jug, picnic blanket, laser printed zines, screen printed water bottles, Mentryville, CA, Dec 12, 2018. In collaboration with Kate Kendall.
GAS-FOR-WATER Bottle, edition of 100, 12 oz, 5″ x 7 1/2″, $10 (+ Shipping and Sales Tax)