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 was 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, 2015.

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Sky Above: May 1- August 16, 2015 reception 1 May 5:30-7:30p.
Tohono Chul Park Gallery
7366 N Paseo Del Norte
Tucson, AZ 85704

Summer Selections:June 12 through August 22, 2015.
Robert Anderson Gallery,
2426 East Third Avenue (Cherry Creek North)
Denver, CO 80206

Arizona Biennial 2015: July 25 - October 11, 2015
Tucson Museum of Art
166 W. Alameda Street
Tucson, AZ 85701

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