Hello Friends!

I’ve been teaching workshops, and speaking to groups for years.  I love teaching. Love love love it.  Seeing someone light up, or re-invent, re-invigorate, or just finally ‘click’ is so rewarding.  I have met so many fascinating people, and I’ve made some very close friends.  It’s something pretty special, especially in art-making.  Joining forces with someone, throwing ideas together in a pot, mixing them around, and seeing what new concoction is brewed.  It’s an honor, really, and a huge part of my happiness.

Since I’ve been teaching, folks have asked if I’d consider private mentoring.  Until now, I’m afraid I’ve never had the time at home to make it happen.  Finally, I’ve been able to carve out that time, and I’ll be taking on a few students at a time in private online mentorships.  There are a few options, and they’re posted below.  Of course, if you have questions, just send me a note. I’d be happy to chat with you about it.

I hope the New Year is off to a spirited start for you all.  I’ll be posting lots more soon about new work and new adventures.

Cheers!!

 

TWO HOUR ONLINE PORTFOLIO REVIEW | $300

Detailed Review of a Selection of your Photographs:
Ideas for improving the current work, posing, lighting, design, print, digital artwork Help editing the portfolio to the strongest core
Help with unifying ideas, conceptualizing current and new work
Identify strong themes, assign language to your personal photographic style

AND/OR (Time Permitting)

Detailed Session Review:
Review a complete session roll; all photographs taken in a single photo shoot.
Look for themes, habits, successes, and opportunities for improvement
Understand your language, timing, pace, comfort zones, and where you can push more. In depth look at posing, lighting, styling, communication, and photographic method

THREE MONTH MENTORSHIP | $950

Personalized Curriculum based upon your needs and ideas One-hour online meeting/review every two weeks
Written check point/Q&A every other week

Detailed Review of a Selection of your Photographs:
Ideas for improving the current work, posing, lighting, design, print, digital artwork Help editing the portfolio to the strongest core
Help with unifying ideas, conceptualizing current and new work
Identify strong themes, assign language to your personal photographic style

Review a complete session roll; all photographs taken in a single photo shoot.
Look for themes, habits, successes, and opportunities for improvement
Understand your language, timing, pace, comfort zones, and where you can push more. In depth look at posing, lighting, styling, communication, and photographic method

Some of the things we can work on together:

Bi-weekly personalized challenges, or assignments to push you further Working with models, posing, lighting, styling, communication
Camera work and photographic technique
Setting goals for your work: publication, exhibition, commissions, etc. Create a concise, conceptual print portfolio

Review of work for print competition or juried exhibitions Marketing your work, making yourself visible
Preparing for portfolio reviews
Writing a powerful artist statement

Pricing and editioning your work
Styling, set design, use of objects, conceptualizing ideas
Determining personal style and signature
Digital artwork and editing
Learning to self-inspire and translate ideas
Help reaching the core of what your work is about, what it means, why you make what you make Taking inspiration to execution

PRIVATE WORKSHOP IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

A Private, personalized intensive workshop for 1-3 people Two days: $4000
Three days: $5000
Meals, Lodging, and Travel are not included.

Private, Personalized Instruction at Your Own Pace:
Together, we’ll create a curriculum tailored for you, based upon your needs and ideas. We will formulate a full schedule, including live photography, digital artwork, portfolio review, and your special requests. You’ll have access to my garments and props, on location studio, shallow tank for water images, professional styling/hair and makeup services, stunning models, and incredible, unique locations.
Work in the mountains, wooded areas, open desert plain, natural light studios, or beautiful, rustic southwestern interiors. If you have an idea for a specific conceptual portfolio, I can help you scout specific locations, and source models that will suit your idea.
Create new photographs, work on them digitally, and return home with an original, polished portfolio of work.
New Mexico is a magical, spiritual place. Come relax, slow your pace, and allow yourself to play, and try something new. Photograph JUST FOR YOU, and create personal, meaningful images.

 

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Hi Friends!

Here is the documentation of the exhibition, including original photographs, statements, and images of sculptures and installation that were part of the show.  Stay tuned for more information about the core and meaning of each piece. It’s surreal, feeling the build up and tear down of such a personal exhibition, and such a pivotal time in my life.  Enjoy the images, I’ll report back soon!

 

 

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Well, it’s taken the better part of two years, lots of mountain top moments, and plenty of heartache.  The new work is finally realized, and that is the mountain-est of mountain top moments. I pushed myself as far as I could to make this work, hung out in all sorts of uncharted territory, learned to work with new materials, and see the process making photographs in a completely new way.  This body of work is the most intimate, most personal work I’ve ever made, and I didn’t hold anything back.

Below is the artist statement for the work.  Stay tuned for images of the installation and sculptures that accompanied the photographs in the opening exhibition, along with a virtual tour of the show.

I’m so excited to finally share this journey with you, I hope you enjoy the photographs!

TESTAMENT

In my work, I revisit themes of human fragility, pain, and eventually, recovery. I am attracted to vulnerability, to peeling back a skin that reveals something precious, dark, and insistently tender. I am compelled by the moments where people are on an edge, barely laced together, befriending disaster, remembering something, or exposing something.

I am curious about how relationships survive, why they dissolve, how people love one another, and how such love is expressed. In this work, I am investigating heavy burdens and how we carry them. I am interested in the spiritual labor of bearing weight, submission, futileness, and persistence.

To create the work, I rented an empty house for a year, and transformed it into a makeshift sanctuary, a freighted space for constructing photographs. I chose this house because it reminds me very much of the house I grew up in. It has a worn-in, gentle quality, and I felt connected to it the moment I walked through the door. In the photographs, each room is styled with sentimental textiles, trinkets, and colors that I remember from my 1980’s childhood home.

For each photograph, I fabricated sculptural objects using materials such as wool, linen, clay, human hair, and beeswax. The materials borrow symbolic language from the Bible, and create alter-like, fleshy masses. I imagine the house as a gateway, the silent space just before crossing over. The people in the photographs are in the final phase of bearing weight, moments away from finally laying it down. I am seeking the moment of relief, and relishing in the moments just before it occurs.

In the opening exhibition, each room included photographs, textile works, and objects.    If you looked carefully, you would see each stage of a sheep’s wool, and it’s evolution from the animal’s fleece to finished woven cloth.  Wool is shorn, picked, washed, carded, spun into yarn, dyed, and finally woven into a functional woven or felted textile. The sculptures and installations in the exhibition use Biblical imagery and symbolism to speak to specific moments of awareness in my spiritual journey.

I like to know and feel the moment where people fall apart, and saturate my work in it. I want to push at a breaking point, and hold out hope for restoration. These photographs are representations of quiet, ultra-still, delicate moments of raw humanness; the phase just after a laboring, aching fall and at the point when renewal inevitably begins.

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  • Dana - These are stunning and extremely emotionally charged. Beautiful work.ReplyCancel

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I am so very excited (okay super giddy and sleepless) to announce the opening of my MFA Thesis Exhibition, Testament. The work has lived in my heart and imagination for so long, it is thrilling for me to see it finally touchable, tangible, living and breathing. It is a monumental moment for me to share this work, this heartfelt collection of feelings, convictions, and confessions with the world. As always, I sincerely hope the work will resonate with others, and sensitively express thoughts ideas gathered from my own life experiences.

In this work, I am investigating heavy burdens, hardships, and wounds, and how we carry them throughout our lives. I am interested in the spiritual and physical labor of bearing weight, submission, futileness, and persistence.

To create the work, I rented an empty house for a year, and transformed it into a makeshift sanctuary, a freighted space for constructing the photographs. I fabricated sculptural objects for each image, using materials such as wool, linen, clay, human hair, and beeswax. The materials borrow symbolic language from the Bible, and create alter-like, fleshy masses. The house reminds me very much of my childhood home, and provides a weighted, sentimental foundation for the images. Every object used in the meticulous staging of each scene references my childhood, and a time of spiritual emergence in my life. I imagine the house as a gateway, the space just before crossing over. The people in the photographs are in the final phase of bearing weight, moments away from finally laying it down. I am seeking the moment of relief, and relishing in the moments just before it occurs.

The final exhibition will take place in the rented house in Albuquerque, NM,  and includes twelve photographs, installation work, textile works, and sculpture.

The show is open for only one evening, so mark your calendar, and join us for this special time! (Insert Happy Dance)

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Ah, there’s nothing better than an art world pun.  Except maybe shells and cheese. Things have been brewing in my studio!  I’m better than half way through a new body of work that I’m so excited about I can hardly stand it.  This work has been years in the making, and has really changed the way I think, and how I approach making photographs.  You may remember a while back I created an entire room wrapped in one-inch strips of white muslin fabric, covered two chairs, a table, and filled the floor with white volcanic ash.  It took the better part of 6 months to create, all for one, singular photograph.  That process transformed me.  I’ve fallen in love with immersive space, working with my hands, evident labor, and creating full-scale objects for my photographs.  I’ve been thinking a lot about materials, and how they may translate symbolically.  For this work, I’m using a lot of wool, clay, water, ash, salt, linen, wood, and wax; all materials that are repeatedly Biblically referenced, and are laden with meaning.  In this new work, I’m creating sculptural burdens which are worn by people in my final photographs, representing our human relationship to pain and heaviness, and ultimately what it feels like to finally lay it down.

I listen to bluegrass music when I work.  The repeated themes of Crossing the River Jordan, laying down our heavy burdens, and rejoicing in the promised land are infused into this work.  The photographs are images of people in various stages of labor and rest.

Revelation 21:4: He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

I have rented a house in Albuquerque for this work.  I think of it as a sacred resting place, or portal.  I am creating objects in my studio, then bringing them to the house to photograph with human models.  The final work is photographs, all of this reduced into a small, two dimensional image.  The opening exhibition of the work will take place in the house in October.  I’ll post lots more about all of this soon, I can’t spill all the beans just yet!

I’m not ready to show final photographs just now, but I thought it might be fun to show some snapshots of objects in progress in the studio. Mostly, these are just captured with the mighty iPhone, but are nice documents of what’s going on in my heart, my head, and my studio.  There are snappies of sculptures in progress, the studio, and the empty house.

Okay, and the first image is one finished photograph.  Just one. :)

 

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  • liza head - Jennifer – This is SO COOL. Can’t wait to see the finished result!ReplyCancel

  • Rod - I love your work, it is very imaginitive and thought provoking!

    I will get to watch your presentation this evening at the ELCC meeting in Albuquerque.

    Best of Luck,

    Rod Neil ThomasReplyCancel

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