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Where, Rough Play Collective was born out of the ideas and dialogues of like minded artists, Rough Play Projects, based in Joshua Tree, CA has it’s beginnings with a family story and land.
Forty years ago, Elizabeth Tinglof’s mother advised her that, since she was now 18 years old, she could be a land owner. A bit of a premature concept since she didn’t have a regular paying job. None the less, her mother presented her with an opportunity to purchase a vacant, desolate lot in Joshua Tree, California. This opportunity was different in that the land could be purchased with no cash up-front through a land contract, which is an agreement between the seller and buyer where the seller retains ownership until the land is fully paid for. If the buyer fails to make any payment the land remains in the possession of the seller. When she asked her mother “Why would you want me to take a risk like this? What if I miss a payment?” her mother’s response was “Land is King and as long as you have a piece of it there will always be a place for you in the world”. She never missed a payment and that land is now the location of Rough Play Projects.
Our vision for the land is a dedicated site for collaborative interdisciplinary installations. Creating a fluidity to the land that engages the community through a visual dialogue while preserving and protecting the natural existing landscape. Project concepts will address current social, cultural, and political conversations.