‘Ground Work’ – An Art Opening, Santa Fe, NM

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"I love fresh ideas about everything". Adriana Siso founded her contemporary industrial design store in 2002 in Santa Fe, NM. With a background in Fine Arts, Adriana has been an innovator, bringing to the Santa Fe area, original and unique industrial design products by some of the most creative design firms in the world.

Through the year Molecule organizes multiple art and design events through the Art Meets Design series.

Ground Work
Ground Work

Ground Work is the alliance of 2 local installation artists and one flower arrangement designer. They come together to share their talents and skills. The sculpture and installation by Matthew Chase-Daniel and Cheri Ibes is inspired by nature and the New Mexico desert landscape. Mai Wakisaka is from Osaka, Japan, and will be showing her Ikebana arrangements, Mai will also be doing an in-site presentation.

Ikebana is the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging. The name comes from the Japanese ike, meaning ‘alive’ or ‘arrange’ and bana meaning ‘flower.’ The practice of using flowers as offerings in temples originated in the seventh century when Buddhism was first introduced to Japan from China and Korea, but the formalized version of Ikebana didn’t begin until the Muromachi period around the 15th or 16th century. These arrangements have since become more secular, displayed as art forms in people’s homes. However, Ikebana is seen as more than just decorative, it is a spiritual process that helps one develop a closeness with nature and merge the indoors and outdoors.

Opening Reception:

Friday, March 27th, 5-7pm/free

Juice Tasting by RASA Juice Bar/Ayurveda


Matthew Chase-Daniel elegantly retraces the traditional practices of gathering, weaving, and making by hand. He uses branches and twigs from the local landscape to make large-scale, bold and sensuous forms suggestive of pods, hives and other structures found in nature.

Mathew Chase-Daniel, Spiral Elm & Spiral Drop
Mathew Chase-Daniel’s Spiral Elm and Spiral Drop

Cheri Ibes works with a variety of materials. Her installation at Molecule is inspired by the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging. Using the conventional flower vase as a starting point, she presents an unconventional arrangement.

Cheri Ibes, Milkweed
Dispersion (Milkweed) by Cheri Ibes
Cheri Ibes, Monumenta Installation
Monumenta, Installation by Cheri Ibes, found objects, black paint

Cheri Ibes, Monumenta Installation

Mai Wakisaka is a teacher of the art of Japanese flower arranging (ikebana). She has previously taught at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, AZ, and will soon offer a class at the University of New Mexico extension program in Albuquerque.

Mai Wakisaka
Mai Wakisaka, Ikebana arrangement
From Mai Wakisaki