Imperial Valley-sold out - $10

by Peter Sutherland and Maia Ruth Lee

Jan – Feb 2011

We set out from Colorado and headed for California with the intention of making sculptures with found junk in the desert. One of the first nights we watched the film “HOBO” (a film about rail riders, directed by John T. Davis) on dvd in a motel room. This was the first Maia had seen of train hoppers. A few days later in Slab City we met Possom and Phantom, two rail riders who were passing through. They were just like the dudes in the film and Maia was excited. They wanted to school us on train hopping, and told us we could follow them for three weeks and we would know everything about rail riding. They also told Maia, “It’s easy for cute gals to make money by waivin’ signs, you know, all you would need is a pet.. like a duck or somethin’. You can make like $500 a day”.

The next day at a desolate gas station in Mojave, two twenty-something girls were sitting on the pavement raving about a friend who had just been spotted and arrested. They were rail riders and one of the girls was holding a duck. We had never heard of or seen a person holding a duck before, especially in the middle of nowhere. It was a bizarre coincidence that Phantom had just mentioned to us about a duck the day before, and the good fortune it would bring. We felt bad for the duck for being so far from the water, but we had to read it as a good omen for our future.

We gave them food, and in return they gave us a nut and bolt earring with ear crust on it, and wished us luck on our project and journey.


TYPE OF COVER- Soft cover
MEASUREMENTS-15.25cm x10.5 cm
EDITION- First edition 300
PUBLISHER- Self-Published

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