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. The experience haunted me for many years. Then as with many who are drawn to this area, I returned. I often liken the experience as being tossed into a rock tumbler. When the rock tumbling process is complete the rough exterior of the rock has been ground away by the long, tumultuous tumbling. What has evolved and revealed is the naturally exquisite inner beauty of gems." 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.
"This body of work was originally inspired by the native spirits of the earth who continue to guide me. I feel a stirring, deep connection to each of the embodied spirits in these photographs and continue to be astounded by our human ability (from one moment to the next if we wish) 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
2015 Photographic & biographical materials included in the archives at Yale University, Beinecke Library, Women in Photography International Archives: a historical documentation. Historical documentation Included in the archives at the Smithsonian, New York,, Women's Museum, Wash D.C., the GETTY Museum, Los Angeles, Harvard University, MA, The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Radcliffe for Advanced Study, International Center of Photography, New York City, University of Arizona Center of Creative Photography, Tucson.
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.
j. Madison Rink's 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 contemporary international artists of the day. http://www.geologyinart.blogspot.com/
Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, Rutgers University.
This work has exhibited in galleries across the U.S. and other photographic works included in a traveling group exhibit in Europe entitled "Climate Change." All images were photographed in several locations of the United States, 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.
j. Madison Rink - a photograph blog: http://outsidernatureartphotography.blogspot.com/