Poughkeepsie resident Elizabeth Phelps Meyer is an artist fueled by spiritual practice and transformation. Her latest project, Each Day, Water: A Monument for the Water Protectors of Standing Rock and Beyond is an immersive and interactive ceramic and sound installation that honors the indigenous-led Water Protector Movement. In April 2016, the movement gained historic power and momentum at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota when people protested the Dakota Access Pipeline. The movement has been spreading worldwide ever since.
“I care about these people and the planet,” Meyer says. “My art matters only to the degree it can change people’s minds and feelings.”
The display debuts at Art Centro in Poughkeepsie on October 2 and closes on October 27. The exhibit features 365 river water-containing porcelain vessels that Meyer created and wood-fired herself. Water from the Missouri and Cannonball Rivers at Standing Rock, as well as water from other important places that struggle with fossil fuel infrastructure, fills the vessels. This includes the Hudson Valley region's own Muhheakantuck, known more commonly as the Hudson River.
Note: Lizzie Meyer was also a guest on a radio show in Bridgeport WBAI with Tiokasin Ghosthorse, who airs a weekly show called First Voices Radio. (44 minutes in till end).