Painting With/In the Desert, 2018

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PAINTING WITH/IN THE DESERT

Atacama Desert, Chile, 2018
Watercolor with natural mineral pigments
Artist, Collector/Processor of mineral pigments

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

While participating in a the La Wayaka: Desert artist residency in the Atacama desert in North Central Chile, I began collecting rocks and stones. I fashioned a simple mortero in my humble studio space and ground and processed these minerals into pigments. Mixing them with gum arabic, I created an Atacama desert “palette” with which to paint a series of abstract/landscape paintings. I intend to continue this practice in other deserts.