Art is Exponential

Art is exponential: from the original inspiration works are created, which in turn inspire both more works and move both the hearts and minds of its admirers. Art grows from a seed, it blooms, it spawns new tangents, it branches.

A couple of years ago I took this photo at a powwow in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, which in turn inspired this painting by Galina Krasskova that she sold at an artist in residency program. I was there trying to play around with photographing movement, while also celebrating another culture. I tried to capture the expression of movement, and also the artisanal craftsmanship that went into the outfit from the meticulous beading.

 

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley was made famous by Westerns made in the heyday of classic Hollywood. The area is strongly associated with John Wayne, and continues to be used in film today. More recent examples include the Lone Ranger film with Johnny Depp in it. The iconic geology gives it that essence of “Western and Desolate” filmmakers are looking for. Much of Monument Valley is nestled within the DinĂ© (Navajo) Nation. So I grabbed a Navajo guide and got to explore the area, including an area with Anasazi petroglyphs.