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Originals

VAQUERA SUDOESTE (LUCKY HORSESHOES) original paper collage

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VAQUERA SUDOESTE (LUCKY HORSESHOES) original paper collage

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Description

Original paper collage artwork on wood of vaquera/cowgirl with Day of the Dead/Dia de Los Muertos face paint and braided hair. Wearing a pink western shirt with lucky horseshoe 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: 46 1/4" H x 38 1/4" 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.

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.

The Story

All my collages begin with an underlay of vintage papers affixed to a wood panel and whitewashed with acrylic paint. Details of the base underlay are allowed to peek through the painted surface. (Look closely for musical notes in the background of this piece.) Then, nothing else was painted. The rest of the collage artwork was composed entirely of vintage papers, searched, sorted and selected for the perfect color composition. Each piece of paper was hand-cut with regular scissors to fit within the piece.

For this piece in the Vaquera cowgirl series, I wanted to explore the motif of horseshoes, often displayed with roses and symbolic of good luck. These lucky symbols are an interesting, if not ironic, contrast with the skull/vertebrae imagery and are a nod to the playful, celebratory treatment of death in Latin American culture (Día de Los Muertos) that I explore in my Sugar Skull pieces. The bright pink colors of the Vaquera (Cowgirl)’s shirt mirror the roses and the overall tone of the piece.