I am a mixed media artist who combines digital photography and printmaking with collage and assemblage to create objects that give the impression of coming from another culture or time. I am inspired by the patterns in nature, alternative cultures, and primitive art including pictograms and petroglyphs from around the Southwest.
Most of my work originates as photographs of rocks and similar natural forms. But rather than attempt to create a perfect print of my photos, I see the shapes they contain as a starting point. I study these images for patterns, then build collages out of various papers, symbols, and texts to emphasize the shapes, texture and mood of an individual photo.
I then print the original photos on top of the resulting collages, blending these real and imaginary worlds. Finally, I add assemblage elements – including sticks, stones, beads, bones, feathers, fibers, and metals – to add dimension: both to the physical work, as well as to its layers of meaning. When done, I leave it to you to play the roll of archaeologist, studying the resulting artifact for clues of when and where it came from, imagining what purpose it served for the unknown culture that created it.
I have written several articles about my process, including this one about my piece Seeking to Understand. I was also interviewed on Good Day New Mexico; you can view it online by clicking here.
I also encourage you to follow me on Facebook, as that is where I post work in progress, invitations to events, and further descriptions of my process.
Among the group shows planned for 2014, I have been invited to participate in the Spirit of the Horse show at the New Mexico Art League, opening late March. I am also looking forward to being one of the Featured Artists at The Gallery ABQ during May 2014. I'll post more information as the year develops.
The Gallery ABQ | 8210 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110 | Tel: 505.292.9333
Work is also available direct from the artist, with complimentary ground shipping within the Continental US.
See the slide show of images above for the current status of each piece.