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The Sheep Camp at Mesita in Laguna Pueblo

The Sheep Camp at Mesita in Laguna Pueblo, 1982 - 1983
Meridel Rubenstein (American, born 1948)
Ektacolor print, 22 x 29 in. (55.9 x 73.7 cm)
Gift of Meridel Rubenstein from the New Mexico Photographic Survey Project funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with individual support from T. Randolf Potter, 1985

Meridel Rubenstein was born in Detroit, MI. and educated at Sarah Lawrence College, with later graduate studies at MIT and the University of New Mexico, receiving her MFA in 1977. The Vietnam War was a major trigger for her sociopolitical and environmental concerns and the issue of belonging, her central focus for the past 25 years. In her work, a sense of fragility, transparency and passage underscore a possibility for change. She mixes media and metaphors, and her complex narrative works, which have evolved from single palladium prints to multi-media, large-scale installations, are derived from a sense of place, personal and collective history, and myths. She has been an active arts educator for over 25 years at various institutions across the country.



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