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VAQUERA SUDOESTE (SPHINX MOTH) original paper collage


VAQUERA SUDOESTE (SPHINX MOTH) original paper collage

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Original paper collage featuring a cowgirl with sugar skull makeup wearing a red western shirt with sphinx moth shoulder details. 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: 46.25" H x 38" W (framed)
  • Frame: finished in handmade salvaged tin frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with wire 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. Read more about the inspiration behind the Vaquera Sudoeste series and sign up to receive first looks at pieces like her.

The Story

My paper collages begin with a base of light-colored, vintage papers affixed to a wood panel. These papers are then lightly painted, allowing details of the underlayer to show through. I create the rest of the artwork by hand-cutting a huge variety of salvaged papers using regular scissors, grouping and assembling the pieces appropriately, and affixing into the finished collage piece. No other element in this piece is painted.When finished, the piece is coated with a subtle, archival matte finish designed for collages. The frame is also hand-built with salvaged metal and finished with a pane of anti-reflective, UV acrylic.

Like many of my artworks, Vaquera (Spinx Month) in the Vaquera series was inspired by nature, The Sphinx Moth, or Hawk Moth, resembles a hummingbird in nature but is nocturnal. Therefore, she is often overlooked and is able to go about her tasks unhampered by the rest of the diurnal world. This mimicry inspired me to adorn the most recent Vaquera with these amazing moths. Emblazoned upon her shoulders, this delicate insignia reminds us that there are inspiring powers at play in the midnight.

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.