Taos Gateway 

Bahom held shards of pottery dug up from the reservation land surrounding the Taos Pueblo.  His finger traced the ancient geometrics of his ancestors  then pointed to the work of his own bowls where those patterns live on.  Something shifted inside.  Only in hindsight did I recognize the gateway.  

                                                              Finished Size: 43 x 42 x 1 1/2

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I had gone to Taos, New Mexico to write music and I did, but during an artist residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, I was also processing a great deal of art particular to that region. My mother owns what is believed to be a native American wedding vessel.  It consists of one bowl with two spouts, one for each partner to drink from.  I turned that vessle in my hands many times throughout my childhood as my mother spoke so admiringly of the culture.  Perhaps this familiarity played a role in how deeply I embraced the southwest and felt compelled to begin working on this first project. 

                                                                   Process

Starting with an oak grid frame found in a recycling center, one hundred and eleven mini canvases are constructed from screen and plaster cloth.  At this point it is unknown how they will float in each opening.

 

 

Each canvas becomes a mini textile collage.  There is no advance drawing.  The only guidelines are the central theme of the southwest, an even distribution of the color pallet and no two alike.

 

 

A backing is applied to the grid with mounting blocks that allows for each canvas to float in the final assembly.