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.

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Exhibits & Discussions:

I was proud to be part of the "Artists on the Rise" show for New Mexico emerging artists at Gallery with a Cause at New Mexico Cancer Center. I had 23 pieces in the show covering several years of work.

I am one of the artists featured in the Wilderness: land untrammeled show at Page Coleman Gallery October 12-December 9, 2017 with an opening reception Friday, October 13 – 5:00 to 8:00. This exhibit will offer the work of fifty New Mexico visual artists; twenty original short poems by local writers will also be displayed. Sales from the show will help benefit the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance – an organization dedicated to protecting the increasingly rare wild places within our public lands – who is celebrating their twentieth anniversary. Page Coleman is located at 6320-B Linn Avenue NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico (505-238-5071).

A catalog from my January 2015 Contemporary Artifacts show is available with photos and stories for all of the pieces that were in the show. You can get a free eBook at Apple iBooks or Google Play; a 64 page full-color printed book is available through Amazon.com or the galleries that represent me.

Representation:

Weyrich Gallery | 2935-D Louisiana NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110 | Tel: 505.883.7410

This link will take you to my current inventory of work, and where it is being shown. If you are near one of the galleries listed above, I can arrange to deliver any available piece to that gallery for your purchase. If you are not near one of the above galleries, arrangements can be made to ship the piece to you - contact me below.

Direct Contact: | 505.286.0897 (US Mountain Time)