This exhibition presents the new body of work by Arizona photographer Kathleen Velo which expands on her previous explorations of water–its sources and the ramifications of over usage. Water Flow Under the Colorado River focuses on the water flowing in the Colorado River, from its headwaters deep in the Rocky Mountains north of Denver as it travels through five states and empties into the Gulf of California in Mexico. Captured at night as photograms, the photographs reflect the location and the water quality of sites along the Colorado River.
Growing up in the Midwest where water was plentiful, Velo moved to the desert Southwest in the 1970s, where she gained a new respect for the transcendent qualities of this life force. As a process-driven artist, Velo has created a simplified technique to maximize her interaction with the natural alchemy of light, chemistry, and space, using camera-less, pinhole and plastic camera techniques to capture her imagery.
Velo’s work has been shown in many galleries and museums nationally and internationally, including the Palace of the Governors Museum in Santa Fe, Tucson Museum of Art, Southeastern Museum of Photography, and The Center for Fine Art Photography. Velo is a Fulbright alumna and teaches traditional and digital photography in Arizona.