About the artist
I’m a Native American artist working in mixed media . My work always seems to be evolving. I don't know if it's because I love the challenge of pushing the creative energy or just that there are so many ideas rattling in my head and usually not enough time to get it all out into the world. One thing I never do is work when I'm not in a good head space. I don't like the negative energy seeping into my work.
I live for the moments when I turn into a trance state of mind where the pieces just flow without any thought or effort. It’s all part of my art making process. As I grow more into having the energy from the other side help me create I'm finding myself encouraging it more to be part the process.
I’ve always gravitated towards art that you can view beyond the surface so I work mostly with encaustic and resin. Both let the viewer see into the piece beyond the surface which I love. Using both allows you to see it's depth, like looking into its soul.
I teach a few workshops at Durango Arts Center and at the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe a few times a year. I’m showing my work at The Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, Algodones Art Gallery in Algodones, Sara's Southwest in Bernalillo, Create Art And Tea in Durango and Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque.
Journey: The Ever-Evolving Story about the Bundles
The idea to include bundles in my work came during a moment I had while teaching a workshop on eco-printing at fellow artist Harriette Tsosie’s studio in Albuquerque. We were wrapping silk, plant material and rusty bits in tight bundles to extract the pigment out of the items and imprint them onto the silk. This is done by steaming the tightly wrapped bundles. After steaming a batch we set them on a big white canvas so they could cool down before we unwrapped them. When the bundles were cooling on the canvas I notice how striking the composition looked. They were like a newborn bundled up in a blanket, a gift waiting to be unwrapped, a medicine bag and a secret under protection and never to be revealed. It was a powerful moment of inspiration that I’ll never forget.
A year or so later a friend told me about an old story between the Navajos and the Hopi that involved two sacred bundles. The Navajos had given two sacred bundles to the Hopi in exchange for helping in obtaining freedom from being imprisoned at Fort Sumner. According to the story the two bundles are still around and keep in two Hopi family homes.
The use of the bundles has also opened more connections in my life which in turn have further influenced my work. It keeps evolving into something bigger that it reminds me how much power art can have. As part of the ritual, I bless each piece that it protects its new home.