New Location •
Interior of Quimera Gallery
By Appointment Only • Santa Fe NM • 505.955.0998
threads of inspirationcultural, aesthetic, and intellectualwhich
meet in the art of Hillary Riggs are far-reaching and diverse.
They begin in the vibrant and deeply imaginative soul of Mexico,
where Riggs spent her childhood, and extend to the rarified realm
of chaos theory and the complex junctions of history, anthropology,
consciousness, and myth. From these roots emerge artworks whose
range is equally as broad. Yet they are linked by the artists
penetrating curiosity and insight, and by the strong color and
clean design of her signature style.
Over the years Riggs has focused on an evolving series of creative
expressions, including decorative design, one-of-a-kind furniture,
and conceptually-inspired fine art. Now all these forms may be
seen side-by-side in a new gallery, Quimera: The Art of Hillary
Riggs. On Palace Avenue just two blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza,
the gallery offers a comfortable, inviting atmosphere that complements
the artists own aesthetic vision. It is a move from her
previous location on Guadalupe Street, and for the first time
provides a space to present all sides of her creative output
one place. As such, the gallery has given Riggs a new perspective
on herself as an artist.
of The Pieces
the last fifteen years, Riggs has developed a production method
based on a Renaissance model, where the pieces, or components
of pieces, move between the workshops of highly skilled individual
craftsmen. At each location there is a one-on-one, focused relationship
between artisan and work.
All the creations are conceived and designed by Riggs. She then
directly draws on the wood all images for carving. No templates
are used, to prevent duplication of a design. After various phases
of production in other workshops, all pieces end up at her studio
where she paints and finishes them.
other workshops involved are:
Dan Stubbs, woodworker and longtime resident of Santa Fe
Carlos Rascon, carver, who works out of his workshop in
Steve Sovelove, woodworker who lives and works in Dixon
Desideria Rascon, has a garage workshop at her home in
Española where she stains and preps pieces Alex
Nugent, Riggs son, periodically contributes carving
skills, ideas and inspiration.