New Mexico Artist David Disko

From July to October of 2019 I created a body of 26 works with three major themes: The first is the river, Bosque and Cottonwood trees, second is the dramatic light and color at sunset, and third are spires and the occasional holes in the tuff on cliff faces. Some works combine these themes to a greater or lesser extent. All of the works employ pictorial contours of differing heights of sections to create depth. Of the 26 works created, I winnowed the lot down to 18, destroying six and not fully realizing two.

The river and Bosque are near my home. I often walk there to get away and explore.  Cottonwood trees are ubiquitous. I enjoy how they change color with the seasons and how upon losing their leaves they are transformed into twisted and gnarled giants towering over the landscape.

Dramatic sunsets are not uncommon where I live. That said, I have not yet and hope to never lose my appreciation for them. Some are quite extraordinary, I make a point of cataloguing the really good ones in my mind.

West of my home, and 80 or so miles north of it, sits a plateau that was formed by volcanic eruptions that deposited ash. Over time it was compacted into a rock called tuff. Subsequent weathering of the tuff by wind and water has created fanciful forms; spires, slot canyons and deep holes in cliff faces. I find these formations endlessly fascinating and have hiked around and through them for many years.

As with all my work, I make no attempt to depict a land or skyscape in any sort of literal way, rather I rely on my memory of them, as well as how I am thinking about them in the moment.