I am a mixed media artist who combines modern photography and printing
with traditional collage and assemblage to create objects that appear to be artifacts from another culture or time. I am inspired by the patterns in nature, other cultures, and
primitive art including pictograms and petroglyphs from around the Southwest.
Most of my pieces start as photographs I take of rocks, ruins, petroglyphs, and petrified wood around the Southwest. But rather than attempt to create a perfect print of my photos, I look for shapes, patterns, and hidden meanings in those images, akin to the way an old-school Zuni carver studies a rock looking for an animal’s spirit to release. I 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. That's why the images above are identified by the "site" where they originated: this is the place the original photo was taken, and the location of the archaeological dig where the resulting artifact can be imagined to have been found.
I 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 on a more frequent basis. In the past I have also written several articles about my process, including this one about my piece Seeking to Understand.
Exhibits & Discussions:
My show "Contemporary Artifacts" is currently hanging at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuqueruque January 2-30, 2015. I will be giving an artist talk there Saturday, January 10, at 2 PM. We hope to record it to share with all of you later.
During March and April 2015 I will be one of the artists featured in Art for the Soul at Church of the Holy Cross in Edgewood, NM.
The next Paa-Ko Fine Artists show - which I will be participating in again - will be May 2 & 3, 2015.
Weyrich Gallery | 2935-D Louisiana NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110 | Tel: 505.883.7410
Gallery at 400 | 400 Romero Street SW, Suite 5 (upstairs)
Albuquerque Old Town, NM 87104 | Tel: 505.243.1005
If you are not near one of the above galleries, work is also available direct from the artist. See the slide show of images above for the current status of each piece.