New collage and mixed media works
Santa Fe artist Kate Rivers is known for her intricate collages, which incorporate fragments of found objects that are often considered garbage. Maps, old letters, cancelled stamps, ticket stubs and other materials are the subjects of swirling compositions resembling bird nests. In these semi-abstract planes, questions of memory, identity and time collide as bits of rubbish tell the story of the person who left them behind.
In her latest series of mixed media works she stitched together the spines of old books, simultaneously forming striking abstract color compositions and interweaving written universes both real and fictional.
When arranged in such proximity, the books’ titles provoke old memories and new connections in the viewer. The experience is as universal as it is deeply personal.
"Variations" runs from June 14- 27, 2013