New Mexico, 12”x24” mixed media on wood panel (detail image below)
If I am not at home in California, New Mexico is pretty much my favorite place to be. As this series has been underway, I have known it would not be complete without a New Mexico collagescape. I was having trouble deciding what colors I should use to depict the landscape. in New Mexico the colors are often washed out, dull and dry, a condition exaggerated by years of drought. It all still looks good when contrasted against the blue New Mexico sky. Yet, you might notice there is only a hint of blue in this work. As I have been cutting up smaller and smaller pieces of painted paper to make this series, I suddenly decided to take my inspiration from the stone and adobe walls of pueblos both contemporary and hundreds of years old. All the time I have spent at places like El Morro National Monument and Chaco Canyon played a big role in this work. Now to decide, are the hints of blue the glimpses of sky through a window in a wall or are they small pieces of turquoise…..
New Mexico will be shown in my Collagescape exhibit opening on July 29.