“Greetings From New Mexico”
Original Acrylic on Tin 40”L x 24”W x 1”D
A family from a galaxy far, far away has heard about the famed 'Land of Enchantment', and decides it's time for a family vacation! Armed with a suitcase, earth-style travel gear, and their antenna-equipped pug, a bumpy landing brings them to a crossroads where weathered beams point out enticing destinations including: Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, Madrid, or Roswell, NM. (They visited Roswell back in 1947, so for this trip, their general interest lies within the other four towns.) Surrounded by alien landscape of desert shrubs and flat mesa tops, an earthly billboard communicates to them, "Greetings from New Mexico." The family's youngest, being the most in tune with earthling traditions, sticks out his thumb to hitch a ride. A local in a shinny 1950's Chevy rolls up. By way of New Mexico's vast, radiant terrain, and endless blue skies, he knows that these visitors from out of this world are in for a magical time.
Stacey Sullivan de Maldonado - Artist Statement
Through exploring my skeleton within, I have found what propels me to paint.
Schooled in Illustration and Fine Art, my mediums, acrylic paint applied to hand-worked tin, emphasizes artistic characterization, a story, and a quest for meaning. My most prominently used subject matter, being the skull or the skeleton, symbolizes life eternal; a reminder to live life to it’s fullest in the present moment. My bold line work grounds the use of heavy symbolism, while the rhythmic placement of shape and contrast gives my painting a sense of movement, personality, and a quality suggesting life beyond reality, engaging the viewer to step through its portal into a timeless, limitless world.
The vivid color within my paintings has been inspired by living in the enchanted city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the fantastic light, historical charm, and unique creative style it offers is like no where else in the world. My application of paint to hand-worked tin surfaces, which also becomes the paintings’ outer frames, each created by my husband John Maldonado, expresses my connection to New Mexico culture; a culture that honors tradition, while also embracing the new. My second main influence comes from my travels through South America and our neighboring Mexico, wherein I’ve been exposed to ‘Dia de los Muertos’ or ‘Day of the Dead’, a celebration honoring life in all its stages. Each pilgrimage through these colorful, yet simpler life settings, blesses me with a furthering of my artistic vision: a discovery of the skeleton – who we really are underneath it all.
Each painting allows one more skeleton to rise to the surface… And so I continue to paint, inspired by life and compelled by death.