Chris Meyer – bio

Art Open House at NMCC, June 18, 2017

Chris Meyer has a background in both designing instruments for the music industry and creating motion graphics for video and film. He is now a mixed media artist who combines modern photography and printing with traditional collage and assemblage techniques to create objects that appear to come from another time or culture. Chris considers himself a visual storyteller, as each piece has an inner narrative based on its source and a mythology he built for it based on what he saw inside it. His goal is not to create a photograph or painting that conveys an obvious image or simple message, but instead to create an artifact for the viewer to examine and explore.

Artist Statement

I am a mixed media artist who combines modern photography and printing with traditional collage and assemblage techniques to create objects that appear to come from another time or culture. I consider myself a visual storyteller, as each piece has an inner narrative based on its source and a mythology I build for it based on what I see inside it.

My pieces start as photographs I take of rocks, ruins, petroglyphs, and petrified wood around Four Corners region of the Southwest. I look for shapes, patterns, and hidden meanings in those images, akin to the way an old-school Zuni carver studies a rock looking for an animal’s spirit to release. From there, I create collages to emphasize those patterns, balancing white space with textures, tints, and layer meanings brought by the papers. I then print my images on top to unify these real and imaginary worlds. Occasionally I will finish a piece by adding assemblage elements – including sticks, stones, beads, bones, feathers, fibers, and metals, each chosen to help convey the story embodied in the final piece – to add dimension: both to the physical work, as well as to its layers of meaning.

My goal is not to create a photograph or painting that conveys an obvious image or simple message, but instead to create an artifact – with the viewer playing the roll of archaeologist or anthropologist, either exploring its underlying story, or creating their own.