SANTA FE INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS // FOOD JUSTICE RESIDENCY // NEW MEXICO // USA // 2015
In dialogue with the earth, sustainability and the healing capacity of colour this suite of eco paintings explores colours from local food extracted dyes. The painting suite uses a cross section of natural media to convey ritual in an abstracted mode rather an attempting to plunder references literally from the realm of religious ceremony. Instead the natural fibres, colours and extraction processes trigger connections through multi-religious and multi-cultural practice. These works aim to reveal the colour spectrum through local food groups and local earths which were are familiar to a New Mexican audience. Employing materials from the everyday and extracting colour paired with energetic vibrations of flowers, plants, feathers and bones combined with common food groups that are natively used for healing. In a sense the works can be seen to be psychotherapeutic through both medium, intention and process. This work echoes a return to an intuitive ancient practice of simple colour extraction painting with a stylised aesthetic explores the potential for the sacred and ritual through the rendering of everyday materials and ancient earth based practice.