Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Sumi Root


These mixed-media works are featured among many new works and work through the years in my Open Studio event the coming weekend, September 18-19. This year I am part of Durango Open Studios where forty-one artists open their creative spaces to the public for one weekend. The times are 10-4. I will also stay open on Monday, September 20 and by appointment until the holidays. I will have paintings, prints, paperworks, sculpture, artists' books, collage, etc. displayed and a walk in the woods as part of a visit to my home and studio. Refreshments will be served and work will be for sale at reasonable prices. If you are a Durango, Colorado area resident, come on by. Maps and more information are found on durangoopenstudios.blogspot.com.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Entry 3 (close-up)

Five Elements

These pieces, and one other are presently being exhibited in the Open Doors Exhibit at the Durango Arts Center, a taster show for the Open Studio Event coming up. A reception was held last Friday night along with the opening of Cities on the Side in the Art Library. The Library show featured Christy Ferrato of Durango, Nance Van Winckel of Spokane, WA, and Renee Rossi of Dallas, TX. These poet/artists created video and audio works, photography, drawings, and pyansky eggs - all quite exceptional. A poety reading was also held after the reception. They offered a workshop "Text Off the Page" which was very inspirational and challenging for all that participated.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


The exhibit "Roots" is now residing at The Land Gallery, 419 Granite NW in Albuquerque through September 30, 2010. This body of work has been the main focus of my art making for the past year. I primarily considered the physicality of roots, their function and form...the beauty of the tangle, the spreading, the delicacy. I left it to the viewer to attach the metaphors if so desired.

The Gallery is open Thursday and Saturday by appointment through the month.
Please refer to my link to the Gallery website for more information, commentary, and photos.

Artist (wall: Collection-Roots, sumi-dyed)

Wall drawing of roots with Rootlet books, Source Book (sumi-dyed handmade paper wrapped book, earth), 20 Drawings (charcoal, earth, conte crayon)

Rootlets (closeup: books - handmade paper, earth, solvent-transfered text with wall drawing - charcoal)


Here are more images of the exhibition "Roots" The show took 2 1/2 days to install. Many tiny pins, velcro, and wall drawing. With the help of Edite and Tom Cates, owners of the gallery, the installation went well and I was very pleased with the result. The reception was well-attended and the viewers seemed intrigued and pleased.

Rooted (nature-altered paper, tea bags, sumi-dyed roots, earth)

Entre to Gallery - shown: Anchoring (handmade paper, sumi-dyed roots, earth) and Meristem (sumi-dyed root, ink-jet print)

Roots Arroyo (one-of-a-kind book of handmade paper, ink-jet print on kozo paper)

Cloud/Root/Paper (3 suspended handmade paper sculptures)


Sumi Root

This collage, part of a series, was part of a Secret Sale at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library this past summer. The Sale was part of "It All Adds Up: Celebrating 20 Years of Exhibitions" at the La Jolla, California site. I was included because I have exhibited there through the years - the Main Gallery (1993), the Rotunda(1997), and the Reading Room (Work in the Collection - 2010).