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VAQUERA SUDOESTE (HISS) original paper collage


VAQUERA SUDOESTE (HISS) original paper collage

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Original paper collage artwork on wood of Vaquera Sudoeste cowgirl. Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos woman in a black western shirt with snake shoulder detail. Contemporary western figurative artwork. All hand-cut paper. Finished in handmade salvaged tin frame and Museum Plexi.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 54.25" H x 44.5" 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

Like all my paper collages, Hiss started with a base layer of vintage papers affixed to a wood panel and lightly painted over with white paint. Details of the original paper underlayer are purposefully visible. Look closely for music notes! The rest of the artwork is meticulously assembled on top using a huge variety of colorful vintage papers, hand-cut with regular scissors. The finished artwork 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.

For this piece in the Vaquera Sudoeste series, I continued to explore the interplay between light/dark, positive/negative, and life/death characterizing this Sugar Skull Cowgirl series. I continue to be fascinated with the celebration of death in Latin American culture. The dark coiled snakes are a menacing contrast with the bright floral details, just as the skeletal imagery (the skull face and vertebrae in the neck) interplays with the vibrancy of the piece. The tight curves and tiny eyes of the coiled snakes are also an interesting challenge in hand-cut collage.

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.