In Spring 2011 Katharine Kreisher was artist in residence at Rio Bravo Gallery in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico where she created an installation and a new photographic portfolio, both entitled Dream Desert. Dream Desert is the artist's response to her new environment, the natural and cultural surprises of the desert community that continually amaze and inspire.
The artist arrived from New York with her old lace and satin ballgown, a costume she has worn for self-portrait work over many years. Katharine wanted to work with the dress and other fabrics to create a desert fantasy that would be a starting point for new still life photographs.
Of the Desert Dream installation the artist wrote:
Myths, archetypes and dream images derived from the unconscious have always fed my creative process. The desert is fiercely beautiful, full of fearful contradictions and startling transformations. Dream Desert is meant to connect the landscape to the human body, to personify its contours, to locate the watery resources that often live far underground, to discover liminal moments and the sometimes amusing characters who inhabit the ritual desert spaces of each mind.
(Journey of the Dead Men, a second portfolio of new work which grew of the Dream Desert project is also included on this SPE site).
Still Lives I
Day of the Dead I
Day of the Dead II
Day of the Dead III
Still Lives II