SCUBA: Sandra Wang and Crockett Bodelson

b. 1982

Meet Santa Fe-based, artist-duo Sandra Wang and Crockett Bodelson of SCUBA. Tamarind became interested in SCUBA during their Ice Shelf tour, in which they drove a solar-powered and biodiesel-capable mobile gallery across the country. More recently SCUBA contributed to the epic playground installation known as Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, the work of an artist collective that grew to 135 artists. Works by SCUBA have been exhibited world-wide, and in Santa Fe at institutions such as James Kelly Contemporary, Center for Contemporary Arts, and SITE Santa Fe. 

Tamarind Director Diana Gaston asked Sandra and Crockett a few questions about their experience and work at Tamarind. Read the full interview

We thought sports and games were apt ways of expressing a range of relationship dynamics through dramatic body language.  Our idea for Now Serving references our small paintings of “collectives,” groups of characters, limbs entangled, coexisting in fluctuating states of stability and unity. The Wrestlers (Crossing Over) portray more personal dynamics. They were fun to illustrate because we were working with a bunch of cut out paper figures. Together, we decided which pair told a unique story. Jump is interesting because the figures are more inscrutable. You’re not sure if their raised arms are celebratory, or a cry for help over their impossible endeavor to play a monumental game of jump rope. Whatever they are, we’re rooting for them. - Sandra Wang