j. Madison Rink, Art & Geology
Name of Person: j. Madison Rink
“Mystical, magical, oddly transformational are words that come to mind when I think back to my first visit to Taos, New Mexico 30 years ago. I often yearned for a return to explore the meaning of my experience there and the riveting connection I felt to the earth and all of nature. …I was drawn to Taos as if by a magnet.....as others often speak." jmr
Award winning and fine art photographer, writer and artist, j. Madison Rink eventually returned to the enchanted village of Taos, New Mexico to live and continue her hunt in a new geological terrain for these naturally sculpted works. The inspiration for this work continues to be the extraordinary high end antique tribal and Asian art created by the aboriginal peoples from around the world.
"I feel a stirring, deep connection to the embodied spirits in these photographs and continue to be astounded by our human ability to see other dimensions; feel liberated by the fluid magic of perception; the ability to see anything we choose to see, and differently... to know the sacred, spirit nature of the earth." jmr
2014 Photographic & biographical materials included at Yale University, Beinecke Library, Women in Photography International Archives: a historical documentation.
In 2009, UNESCO, the educational subsidiary of UNITED NATIONS published a book entitled “Geotourism & Local Development” (Portugal) and included a segment devoted to an array of contemporary, international artists promoting "Nature awareness through interpretation." Several of these fine art signature images were included in this book, along with an interview exploring her “circular in nature” healing experiences with the earth and her keen interest in the rich cultural, religious and symbolic history of her chosen canvas; rock-stone.
Her photographic works were also included in a 2010 publication by Geoartist and paleontologist, Andrea Baucon. This pioneering book entitled “Geology and Art; an unorthodox perspective,” traces the history of Art and Geology beginning with the works of Leonardo da Vinci, up to and including several of the contemporary artists of the day. http://www.geologyinart.blogspot.com/
This work has exhibited in galleries across the U.S. andotherphotographicworksincludedina traveling group exhibit in Europe entitled "Climate Change." All images were photographed in several locations oftheUnitedStates, including the Four Corners Region, the Santa Monica Mountain range and Vasquez Rocks. Please visit the Wilder Nightingale Fine Art Gallery (link below) when you come to Taos and view editions of this work and the special work of many other local Taos artists.
Madison Rink - a photographblog: http://outsidernatureartphotography.blogspot.com/