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.
In addition to being a member of The Gallery ABQ in Albuquerque NM, I am in the following shows during the month of December:
I am proud to be one of the invited artists for Weyrich Gallery's 31st Annual Theme Show, "Images from This World." The reception is Friday, December 6, 5-8:30 PM.
I have three works in the SLMM show Merge at the African American Performing Arts Building at the San Pedro entrance to Expo New Mexico. Their reception is Friday, December 15, 6-8 PM.
I also have three pieces in the New Mexico Art League's Small Works show through December 23.
The Gallery ABQ | 8210 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110 | Tel: 505.292.9333