Photography, Encaustic Mixed Media, Jewelry
El Nicho Folk Artist Spotlight
From the Last Frontier
to the Land of Enchantment
With deep roots in New Mexico, photographer Robert Arrington holds a special place in his heart for the Land of Enchantment. His mother's family grew up in Southern New Mexico and his great-grandmother was a member of the Isleta Pueblo. Robert has traveled all over the world as a photographer and his journeys have taken him to exciting destinations such as Africa, Peru, the Galapagos, Tahiti, Italy, Iceland and the United Kingdom. For 14 years, Robert made his home in Alaska and enjoyed success as a fine art photographer in the Last Frontier, where his work is featured in prestigious art galleries throughout the State. Robert and husband Terry now reside in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Living in Santa Fe has inspired Robert to begin new explorations of art, including mixed media projects and a line of therapeutic and aromatherapy jewelry designed for the spiritually conscious. Many of his pieces are also available at El Nicho.
Robert is also the photographer and web designer for El Nicho. His fine art photography of New Mexico is now available for purchase at El Nicho. for more information visit www.robertarrington.com
Native American Book
of Remembrance Vol. 1-6
by Robert Arrington
Mixed Media Collage on Cradle Board
w/Encaustic Wax, Paper & Cloth, Oil Paint, Pan Pastel, India Ink, Walnut Ink, Juniper Branches
This series of 6 panels was created as a memorial to the Native American peoples of the Southwest who, at the turn of the 19th Century, found their lives rapidly transformed by the arrival of European settlers. One can only imagine the terrifying new world to which the indigenous peoples had awakened, replete with strange new laws and customs, unknown languages, and foreigners who claimed their ancient lands as their own. In the face of their many tribulations, they stood strong and maintained their dignity, holding fast to their traditions and spiritual values, providing a testament to the world of a truly great people.
The images used in this collage were captured by photographers Edward Curtis (1868-1952) and Frank A. Rinehart (1861-1928) who, beginning in the late 1800s, photographed over 40,000 Native American images from over 80 tribes. It is conceivable that both men felt an urgency to capture images of a vanishing people at the edge of genocide and extinction. In the late 19th century, fewer than 238,000 Indigenous people remained in North America, a dramatic decline from the estimated 5 million to 15 million living in North America when Columbus arrived in 1492.
More than a century later, these remarkable images are as poignant as they were when they were first photographed, capturing the essence of each individual’s soul. Through these images, we are witness to their sadness, terror, and heartbreak, as well as their remarkable strength and spiritual conviction. Non-indigenous westerners should remember that we are all immigrants in this place we call home and we should never forget those extraordinary people who were here long before the first ships sailed to the New World.
A Peek Behind the Curtain...
Each piece begins with a historic black and white photograph that is colored by the artist using a variety of art methods and techniques. Collage elements include cloth such as muslin and jute, juniper branches from the New Mexico wilderness, recycled papers, and an assortment of antique paper ephemera that is often stained with coffee (yes, coffee!). Chinese or India ink is also applied as a design element. The final applications are made using encaustic medium, a blend of natural beeswax and demar resin. Encaustic art has existed since the time of ancient Egypt and is tremendously popular today for its dimensional and translucent properties. Once the encaustic wax has cured, a final layer of oil paint and Pan Pastel is applied to give the pieces a metallic shine.
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1 Panel: $295 each
2-5 Panels: $275 each
All 6 Panels: $250 each