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.


My IndieGoGo campaign https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/water was a huge success thanks to the generous support of many!

I am honored to be one of seven artists in the State of Arizona to have my work purchased for award at the Governor's Arts Awards on March 26.

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Sky Above, Tohono Chul Park Gallery, May 1- August 16, 2015 reception 1 May 5:30-7:30p.

Arizona Biennial 2015, Tucson Museum of Art, July 25 - October 11, 2015.

Water Flow Under the Colorado River, solo exhibition, Tucson Museum of Art, January - July 2016