Celestino — Story Monument (2 of 3 in triptych) 2022
45” x 34”
Original collage artwork (no editions)
Analog collage on photograph. Celestino Cortez, a musician, photographed by the Skagit River in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Media includes: reproductions of subject’s personal snapshots on Hahnemühle Rice Paper, archival glue, watercolor, acrylic gold paint on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 paper. American Portraits (working title) is an in-progress photo-collage series that considers the vast range of individual stories held within the American people across time. Each portrait set is a triptych depicting the subject’s familial story across time: the first is a portrait of the subject wearing family photographs; the second is an imagined site-specific monument to stories the subject shared with me; and the third, still in development, will be photo-collage sculpture depicting the stories/photographs abstracted across deep time.