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

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


About Adriana Siso

Adriana Siso launched Molecule Design in September 2010, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Molecule is the extension of a previous furniture design store that was founded in 2003 as an expansion on a career in fine art, which she pursued for more than 30 years. She brings her talents and uncompromising quest for practical and original products to the world of home furnishings and space design. Molecule carries contemporary industrial designer products that are approachable, remarkable, cutting edge, made to last, life enhancing, sometimes irreverent, and timeless. Later in 2006, Adriana started the process of conceiving the new showroom space that would house the store. Partly sustainable, the structure was built out of 11 recycled 40′ cargo containers. Completed in December 2010, it became the first cargo container building in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Always an explorer, Adriana loves to engage in the realms of discovery and innovation. InContext/Molecule Design's Magazine, launched in December 2011, is the venue where she collects the great stories of creative thinkers, who in our current state of affairs, sometimes under great pressures and working outside the realm of imposed standards, achieve the impossible. It has been known that in times of great crisis, design flourishes. It is Molecule's mission to show this light.

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