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ADELITA (PARADISE) original paper collage

ADELITA (PARADISE) original paper collage

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Original paper collage featuring a cowgirl with sugar skull makeup wearing a vibrant tropical bird pattern dress with ornate jewelry and bold hat. Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos style contemporary southwest art. All hand-cut paper. Finished in handmade salvaged tin frame and Museum Plexi.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 54" H x 44.5" W (framed)
  • Frame: finished in handmade salvaged tin frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with D-rings on back
  • Read the inspiration behind this series and receive a first look at works like her: learn more.

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. Look closely and you'll see that each detail, down to the highlights and lowlights, are fashioned from hand-cut paper.

Learn more about the making of paper collages here. Read more about the inspiration behind the Vaquera Sudoeste series and sign up to receive first looks at pieces like her.

The Story

Each She walked into the garden to rest. It had been a long day and the season was hot and balmy. The air tasted liked freshly cut grass and tangerines and she thought about a poem she had heard about a bird. She couldn't remember the name of the poem... Bird of Paradise, maybe?

As she leaned against a tree her simple pale dress wrinkled under her weight. She felt her eyelids getting heavy and decided not to fight it. She was suddenly tossed into a vivid and richly beautiful dream, full of textures, like someone throwing a blanket of candy over her head. In her dream she was wearing a magnetic dress and all the birds and plants were made of metal. They stuck to her dress as she walked along a verdant pathway. She saw relatives that she recognized and some she did not, and they each gave her heartfelt compliments about her beautiful dress.

Outside of her dream it started to rain: the rain drops woke her from her sleep, gently, like someone pulling a blanket of feathers away from her face. She sat up in the garden, and ran her hands over her dress, no longer pale and wrinkled, but bedecked with beautiful birds of paradise.

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.