Naima Trailer (Light Ship) 2012-2015 is a large-scale outdoor light sculpture that was first installed in a remote area of the Mojave Desert in 2013. Consisting of a chamber of purple light and glass hidden inside a 1960s travel trailer and large enough for 4 people to sit inside, Naima is an immersive environment for experiencing light and time.
Inside Naima, hundreds of handmade cast glass objects collect light from the sky. The interior changes as light shifts throughout the day, sunrise to sunset, or as clouds pass overhead. There is no electric light in Naima. Light enters Naima through a transparent roof, directly connecting the piece to the sky and its' cycles of day and night, weather, and seasons.
Naima is built for the slow read, for watching as light shifts in rhythm with the time signature of the natural world. Naima is constantly changing, hour by hour and season by season as the sun and moon track across the sky, and may be experienced in many different ways over time. Viewers are encouraged to spend an extended period of time inside the piece, especially to watch sunset, sunrise, clouds passing, or moon rise on a full moon night.
Naima was first installed in the center of a dry lake bed in a remote area of the Mojave Desert as part of High Desert Test Sites 2013, an exhibition curated by Andrea Zittel, Dave Hickey, Libby Lumpkin, and Aurora Tang. The journey to reach Naima at this remote site is an important part of the experience of the work.