I am a mixed media artist who combines photography and printmaking with collage and assemblage to create objects that appear to be artifacts 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, inviting chance and organic imperfection as I create.
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.
Later this fall I will be one of the artists featured in Art for the Soul at Church of the Holy Cross in Edgewood, NM (dates to be announced).
The Gallery ABQ | 8210 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110 | Tel: 505.292.9333
If you are not near the gallery, 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.