"It was always about the intersection of creativity and chaos."
So said Kirsha Kaechele, described at Wikipedia as an "American contemporary art curator, artist, and practitioner of sustainable architecture," of the avant-garde Life is Art Foundation/KKProjects
art happening that she carried out via Katrina flooding-devastated homes in the St. Roch area of New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward. These homes now lie in ruins, as they did before. She owes back taxes on the homes, and city has placed tax liens worth $28,000 on two of them. While she can afford the back taxes, she says, the liens are beyond her means. A medicinal marijuana farm created to fund Life is Art failed to make enough money to fund the projects. In any case, she has spent the past five months in Tasmania with her boyfriend, professional gambler and art curator David Walsh
, where he has established something called the Museum of New and Old Art
. (Pause.) I believe that connects all the most relevant dots as succinctly as possible.
From 2007 to 2009, by contrast, she was the toast of many of the city's cultural elites, as well as national media and art world observers, etc. The Life is Art Foundation/KK Art Projects (detailed in the article, projects which included a home whose face was replaced with with a bank vault door) won her a write-up in the New York Times' T Magazine (blog
link, article isn't showing up). And a 2009 banquet she had for 250, which required the streets in the KK Projects area to be closed to traffic, attracted patrons including Uma Thurman.
But after the credit crunch hit in 2008, she says now, the money started running out. By 2010, she showed up in the New York Times Magazine
, this time in a feature on plans to fund her art projects, including the St. Roch homes-as-art, via the growing of medicinal marijuana. Now that's over and, again, she's spending most of her time Tasmania. However, she suggests that she will come back to NOLA from time to time.