Plantcraft is an inquiry into the natural environment of the Southwest. The sculptural installation encompasses paper, wire, plant and insect dyes and hand harvested aliz (a traditional clay plaster). The work investigates architectural forms, colors and materials of New Mexico. It is an inquiry into the human being's relationship with flora and earthen materials that create an intimate interaction with architecture and landscape.
Acrylic on canvas, paper, wire, thread. 4’x3’6”. 2018.
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. 2’6”x2’x4’10”. 2015
Paper, wool, thread, found objects, indigo, turmeric, casein
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/Mexicano 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.