For Submersion

Opening Reception; For Submersion


For Submersion

Opening Reception; For Submersion



January 29, 2023


Los Angeles State Historic Park

1245 N Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012




Join us for the Opening Reception

Sunday, January 29, 2023
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 North Spring Street

Clockshop, in partnership with Los Angeles State Historic Park, announces a new artist commission from LA artist Sarah Rosalena, For Submersion. This temporary public artwork will be installed, and if rainfall permits, submerged, at the Los Angeles State Historic Park watershed from early 2023 – June 11, 2023. 

Before settler colonization, LA State Historic Park was the floodplain of Paayme Paxaayt, the Los Angeles River, that supported Tongva people and wildlife. For Submersion recalls the LA River’s importance by honoring its history as an ancestral pathway. The mediums used to create For Submersion highlight Rosalena’s attention to Los Angeles river’s evolution over time, honoring practices used in the past and present, she merges craft making and digital arts as a way to interpret and re-envision land.

For Submersion is both a physical work and digital artifact, which aims to re-narrativize, through yarn painting, the river’s temporalities and historicity as a watershifter. Rosalena adorned a river rock from Paayme Paxaayt with Wixárika yarn painting, a method of image-making traditionally done with beeswax, pine sap, and handspun yarn that has been passed down in her family for generations. The yarn represents a throughline to mother earth and to the matrilineal bloodline of weavers in her family. The yarn painted rock was 3D scanned, then digitally fabricated into a physical sculpture that will collect and interact with rainwater. In addition, a large commissioned textile will be handwoven as a companion piece, and will use satellite imagery of the Los Angeles River as a weaving pattern. 

Sarah Rosalena Brady (Wixárika) is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher based in Los Angeles. Her work deconstructs technology with material interventions, creating new narratives for hybrid objects that function between human/nonhuman, ancient/future, and handmade/autonomous to override power structures rooted in colonialism. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at UC Santa Barbara in Computational Craft and Haptic Media. She has received awards from Creative Capital; the LACMA Art + Tech Lab; Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation; the Steve Wilson Award from Leonardo; the International Society for Art, Sciences, and Technology; and the Craft Futures Grant from the Center for Craft. Rosalena recently showed her work at Frieze LA and Blum & Poe Gallery.

For Submersion was commissioned by Clockshop and supported through our long-standing partnership with California State Parks. The production of this work was generously supported by the California Arts Council, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, and the Pasadena Art Alliance, with additional support from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, and Clockshop’s generous community of supporters. Special thanks to Arktura for their donation of services to fabricate this project.

Parking and Arrival
Los Angeles State Historic Park is located at 1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, directly adjacent to Chinatown and the Metro Gold Line. The park is located just 1 mile away from Los Angeles Union Station, making it accessible from several Metro routes. We highly recommend using public transportation, rideshare, biking, or carpooling.

Parking options

  • There is paid parking at 1501 N Spring Street, the main parking lot of the park, at $2/hour, up to $8 daily.
  • For Clockshop events, the park opens some sections of overflow parking on the exterior of the park in front of Spring Street that is free, first come-first served. We will post signs in the sections that are open for parking.
  • There is also free street parking around the park. Please avoid parking near residential homes on the east side of Main Street and give yourself plenty of time to park and walk over!

There are several all-gender public restrooms and portapotties on site.

COVID Guidelines
In light of a new highly-transmissible variant in Los Angeles, we kindly ask all guests to wear masks when in close proximity to others. There will be plenty of masks to share with anyone who forgot one at home. Guests are welcome to spread out standing or on picnic blankets on the grass. If you’ve been exposed, think you’ve been exposed, or are experiencing any symptoms, please stay home and get some rest.