AT CHACO: SILK ART QUILTS
BY JUDITH RODERICK
Featured Artist Exhibition — Feb. 26 through March 24, 2019
Artist Reception- Saturday March 9, 1-4 p.m.
From her first visit to Chaco Canyon in the 1970’s, Judith Roderick was entranced by the size, scale, and power of the site. She explored the individual ruins, and climbed up onto the cliff to get an overview. Looking down on Pueblo Bonito, the largest structure, she was so moved to see the outlines and patterns of the original structures. The entire complex and all of its buildings were aligned with the sun, the moon, the seasons and the cosmos. To her, it felt both ancient and familiar, and this rocky desert land with these complex, elegant structures would become a powerfully compelling place for her. This deep connection would have her revisiting Chaco Canyon many times through the years, hiking its breadth and width, observing, photographing and pondering its construction and purpose. She would drum and meditate there, sleep and awaken there, and use her drawing and painting skills to capture its beauty and complexity.
This ongoing series of silk art quilts, “At Chaco”, continues to explore the archetypal patterns of Chaco Canyon. “Chaco Patterns On My Mind” depicts the floor plan of Construction Stage II, A.D. 1040-1050. It is bordered by depictions of clay and stone artifacts and patterns of pottery that were discovered there. The spiral patterns on “Fajada Butte” are pictographs that are pierced or bracketed by the Sun Daggers during Solstices and Equinoxes. These quilts are printed on silk and in various scales. They are then collaged, like a mosaic, and intricately quilted. Roderick embellishes with heishi, small disc beads made of organic shells and stones, and often turquoise, which are carefully placed to illustrate the rooms where the turquoise was actually found during the excavations of this site in the 1950’s. Each bead is sewn on by hand.
“I still love the spontaneity and flow of the colors, the brilliance with which the silk takes the dye. I also love the complex, multi-layered and meditative quality of making art quilts with images that capture my imagination.”
Roderick touched on this Batik process while a Painting and Design major at Carnegie Tech in the 1960’s and has been working with fiber ever since. In 1982, when silk dyes first came to the US, she started painting on silk, and had a long wearable arts career with her silk painted clothing. Her work is shown locally and in national and international juried shows.
THROUGH THE GRASS AND BEYOND
PHOTOGRAPHY ON WOOD BY DANA PATTERSON ROTH
Featured Artist Exhibition — March 26 through April 21, 2019
Artist Reception: Friday April 5, 4-7 p.m.
It’s been a life-long love affair with photography for Dana. Since age 10, when she purchased her first camera, she has been enthralled with photography. For her, photography has always been a process of discovery, allowing her to closely examine the world. Whether she is using a camera, a scanner or her mind’s eye, she is always exploring new ways to understand what photography is and what more she can do with it.
The images in this series, “Through the Grass and Beyond” are printed on wood, allowing the grain of the wood to interact visually with the nature based photography. Many of the images are then grouped together, ‘floated’ on a background and framed; creating a three-dimensional shadowbox of botanical imagery, wood grain and ambient light.
“I have long been mesmerized by the grasses, watching them sway in the breeze, and I love to capture these moments of beauty and grace.”
Born and raised in New Mexico, Roth studied photography and painting at UNM, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and other venues. She has been a photographer for 40 years, initially specializing in black and white portraiture. In recent years, she has focused on landscape and botanical photography. She enjoys pushing beyond traditional photography by experimenting with the new processes and various media now available for creating and printing photographs, allowing her to add more visual depth and interest.