One of the things I love about New Mexico is how easy it is to make connections. Last weekend I ended up doing a pop-up show in Belen, NM, after having met Kelly Cross of Studio 508 during another pop-up show last spring. On First Friday, I’ll be featured at Next Best Thing To Being There, 1315 Mountain Rd NW, here in Albuquerque after having another artist connected me to Sidney, the owner. My artwork is also all about making connections across cultures and between art, history, math, science, and even politics. The theme this month at Ghostwolf Gallery is about gratitude and I’m exhibiting two pieces that are, you guessed it, all about being grateful for the connections with each other and with the natural world.
Old Town Albuquerque, 2043 South Plaza St NW
First Friday Reception
November 1, 5-8pm
Open daily from 11am-6pm
This month Ghostwolf Gallery artists are exhibiting artwork around the theme of Gratitude.
In the Bone Suit from House of Card series, each image connects bones from the human skeleton with prehistoric fossils and flowers. This month, I chose the Seven of Bones to show my gratitude for the connectedness of humans to the natural world. When I was creating this image, I discovered that all mammals, with the exception of the sloth and the manatee, have seven vertebrae in their necks—even giraffes who have seven giant vertebrae in their long necks. This blew me away. As far as the other connections within the image, the outline of a Brachiosaurus fossil creates the background’s stylized landscape and seven Starflowers represent the vertebrae. Then once the artwork was displayed, I realized that the the flowers also look like chakras, the energy centers used in yoga.
Hexagram 58: Joy, Mixed media on panel, 30×30 inches
In the Hexagram series, I explore the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching, the 2000-year-old Chinese divination system, by trying to understand each Hexagram and then connect them to images that symbolize my understanding of its meaning. I choose this image to show my gratitude for the ways humans seek to connect with each other. Hexagram 58 refers to interconnecting lakes and the interdependence of people. It reminded me of the Star card in the Tarot where a naked woman kneels at the edge of a pool holding two containers of water. One she pours into the a pool and the other she pours onto the earth—two sources of water that are interconnected. In the painting, I doubled and reversed the woman’s image and transformed the reversed image into a male figure. They are reaching for connection among a field of interconnected rivulets and stars.
Save the Dates for Tortuga’s 2019 Creative Arts Fair
The coffee shop will be open with treats and drinks.