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BURRO COUNTRY original paper collage

BURRO COUNTRY original paper collage

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This paper collage features a burro and quail in a spring desert landscape in bright hues of teal, pink and green. Southwestern art merges hand-cut paper collage with painting. Finished with modern wood frame and Museum Plexi.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 47.75" H x 47.75" W (framed)
  • Frame: metallic-silver wood frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with D-rings on back

The Process

Each Dolan Geiman collage is crafted from hand-cut vintage papers sourced over decades of exploration and careful categorizing, held dearly until the perfect piece arrives to claim their colors and texture. Learn more about the making of paper collages here.

The Story

When I first came to this country, it was on a ship. I was young then. No one knew my name, and they spoke in whips and spit. I ate bits of grain that I found in the cracks in the floor. I drank nothing. When we landed I was sent out to carry loads up and down the rocky roads to towns unbuilt. A rusted pitchfork and a pile of twine were my companions most nights, along with the cold moon that I could see outside my stall.

One night, 200 years later, everything changed. I was older then. Someone was outside in the dark, moving in the mid of night. He spoke my name, my true name, and I was startled. He landed on the windowsill and said his name was Codorniz, and tonight, I was to be free. He flew down and with his gentle wings unclasped my leather restraints and led me out into the night. The cold moon was hiding its face behind a red mesa: it didn't see me trotting down into the darkness of the canyon.

The next day I awoke with my new brother in a sea of brightly colored cacti and stones. "Welcome home, brother Burro", he said, as he pecked at a juniper berry. I gazed upon the desert landscape and in the distance could see others, who looked like me, eating desert grains and lying beneath pinyon and thornberry bush. That night, Codorniz brought more friends to greet me - Coyote, Jackrabbit, Tortoise - and we sang songs that painted the dark sky with vivid shades of blues and greens.

As I drifted off to sleep, the song of Coyote reminded me that everyone had made a journey to arrive here, to this sacred place.

Understanding Limited Series

Each work in Dolan Geiman’s portfolio is unique and hand-crafted. Some are one-of-a-kind pieces while others are reiterations of a recurring theme, denoted as Limited Series throughout the site.

Each piece in a Limited Series is created with a inimitable collection of found materials so that no two are exactly alike. Iterations will vary slightly in color, pattern, typography and frame; each is crafted in a limited quantity and without a predetermined edition numbering.