Water Sharing Experiments, 2017


 While at Muley Point in the Bears Ears National Monument, I searched for ways to provide care-taking to the desert plants whose home I was sharing. I carried scarce water from rock pools to plants surrounding my tent, first using my hair, and then my mouth, spending time observing the plants, and talking to them. We eat with both mouth and eyes, consuming the world around us in different ways, but our faces are built to give back as well as to take: the tiny muscles around the eyes and mouth are little open gates where rills of feeling can flow outward. Other animals feed their young from their own mouths, and while we’ve forgotten this art, I hope that words and fully offered attention will have their own power to cultivate fallow spaces.