I am grateful that the Alcoves show was so well received and written about. Below are links to several of the articles written.
Albuquerque resident Eckel actually does incorporate photography into her Morphogenic series, taking images of specimens from nature, cutting them into pieces and shifting those pieces over and over again until something satisfying emerges. One of the collages includes images of her grandmother’s skin, which evoked thoughts of layers of sediment and the history that lies buried there. “We have all our history in our genes,” she said.
Her goal is not to tear things apart, but to bring disparate things together. “I wanted to move toward something instead of against something,” she said, in explaining that her works address the environment, but in a positive way.
“I like seeds and organic shapes,” she said, adding, “I like black and white because you focus on the actual image itself.”
This is what Michael Abatemarco wrote about my work in Pasatiempo. For the full article here is the link.
Kelly Eckel presents the Morphogenic Series, a new selection of photomontages that take elements from photographs of natural history collection specimens and other sources, arranging them into compositions that resemble organic bodily forms. The series references biological evolution and reflects the progression of artistic materiality. These photopolymer etchings, all black-and-white prints, use a modern means of representation while suggesting, and drawing from, a tradition of scientific illustration realized with a technical skill and detail that suggests a long familiarity with such imagery. Eckel’s interest in biology extends to research in genetics, and some of the photographic elements were derived from specimens placed under a microscope.
Here is a link to the Santa Fe New Mexican write up.
Here is a link to an article on VAS.