NGC-2623 is a temporary environmental art installation in the Riverwalk Park of Grants, NM created by Ruben Olguin & myself as an art collective entitled, ¡Mezcla! The work was commissioned by Axle Contemporary of Santa Fe, NM, Grants Mainstreet & Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts.
In August 2016, I traveled to Iquitos, Perú to study plants of the tropical rainforest of the High Amazon at the Guadalupe Chaska Suyay Center with a research grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation. These ten examples are a range of graphite sketches of the botanical life in the Loreto region. 9"x12". 2016.
Rio Grande Paper Tapestry
Rio Grande Paper Tapestries. Handmade & wild harvested paper of cattail, rio grande white seed, blueberry stock grass, handmade paper of flax & abaca, burlap, mica. 5’8”x 4’2”. 2016.
The Rio Grande weaving style is a historic artistic practice of Hispanic New Mexico that emerged out of the encounters between the Spanish/Mestizo settlers, Navajo/Diné and Pueblo people. Rio Grande blankets are traditionally made from Navajo-Churro sheep wool (an ancient Iberian breed brought by the Spanish from Europe) and dyed with natural local & imported dyes.
In this work, I recreated various design motifs from the Rio Grande weaving style of the late 1800s. The medium is made through the wildcrafting of plants I gathered along the Rio Grande and the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, which I then processed into paper to create sculptural, multimedia and textile inquiries into place, history & ecology of the Southwest.
A Memoir of Plants, Myself & My Family
Colcha embroidery, navajo-churro sheep wool, thread, handmade paper of cottonwood, black sage, milkweed, thistle, blueberry stock grass, corn husk, kapok, mica, photographs of my mother, Colleen Ann Keane, my father, Damacio Alberto López, my maternal grandparents, Jovita Tolksdorf & Bernard Keane and my paternal grandparents, Damacio López & Adelina Apodaca. 4’10” x 2’6”x 2’. 2015