Kathleen Velo
The camera-less photographic images in my most recent series, Water Flow: Under the Colorado River, capture the essence of water from below the surface on one of the most important rivers in the United States. The concept of water quality in the Southwestern United States, and the inherent alchemy that occurs as a result of it, are the foundation of my current work. The Colorado River is a direct water source of my most recent work. To make the images I go into the water, long after dark, and submerge color photographic paper. At the right moment, the paper is briefly exposed to a light source while underwater, to create a photogram of the water contents and movement. The alchemy of photographic emulsion combined with the minerals, salts, pollutants, and other elements in the water create a unique documentation of water contents. This rare perspective of under the surface of water creates beautiful and poetic meditations on water, as the force of life.


Selections by Arizona Commission on the Arts
Selection of images from Water Flow series to illustrate poetry by Arizona Poet Laureate, Alberto Alvaro Rios
November 2015

Upcoming Exhibition
Water Flow Under the Colorado River: January - July 2016
Solo exhibition
Tucson Museum of Art
166 W. Alameda Street
Tucson, AZ 85701

Purchase Award for the Governor's Arts Awards
Spring, 2015.