Reconnecting: 1982–2022 

an online exhibit honoring the 40th Anniversary of SLMM
 

A LONG MEMORY by Mary Carroll Nelson

I founded the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media in May, 1982. It was incorporated in New Mexico. Within a year it was granted tax exemption as an educational society. The purpose of SLMM is to serve as a network for artists who have come to an awareness that "Everything is connected," Their shared perspective is Holistic.

 

Layered art is not a style, nor a method of making art. Rather, it is the product of the artist's intention to express connectedness in any way using any medium. A show of Layered art has a distinctive feeling that there is something "other" animating the work.


I am including a few words from the Forward to our first book: LAYERING, AN ART OF TIME AND SPACE which held images and statements from members in 1991. "Layering is an expression of an apparent yearning in our American culture for a reconnection with Nature and a re-sacralization of our environment."

 

In the years since SLMM was founded Layerists have enlarged their use of the word Layering to include healing through art. Reflecting the metaphysical adage "As above, so below." Layerists resolve the chaos of multiple references and potential meanings in their artwork, to complete it aesthetically while also "healing" the work metaphysically. It is worth studying a show of Layered art to perceive its multi-dimensional quality. At the opening of our first exhibition in Ohio I saw a viewer focusing at length on a single painting, as if its energy had a personal impact. He moved on to look at the show; then he returned to linger over that particular image..For him, I believe it was healing,

 

As you look at this 40th anniversary collection I feel sure the sense of otherness and healing power will be evident.

Namaste

Namaste

15 x 11 Acrylic KT Landreth

Spirit of Truth

Spirit of Truth

9 x 14 Mixed media Win Ratz

Canyon Sunset

Canyon Sunset

36 x 36 (diptych) Acrylic Nina Adkins

Dream Kimono

Dream Kimono

20 x 16 Oil / mixed media on panel Carol Adamec

Tres Clematis Universe

Tres Clematis Universe

9 x 12 Encaustic collage Carolyn Berry

Honor Diversity

Honor Diversity

30 x 22 Watercolor Sue Ann Mika

Drifting Continents

Drifting Continents

9 x 12 Encaustic collage Carolyn Berry

Kimono Swing #2

Kimono Swing #2

36 x 48 Oil / mixed media on panel Carol Adamec

Cosmics Dreams (A)

Cosmics Dreams (A)

15 x 12 x 2 Cast acrylic / acrylic / resin / steel Sandra Duran

Cosmic Dreams (B)

Cosmic Dreams (B)

15 x 12 x 2 Cast acrylic / acrylic / resin / steel Sandra Duran

Where the River Meets the Sea

Where the River Meets the Sea

60 x 30 x 1.5 Acrylic / gold leaffabric / cement Sandra Duran

Floating in the Galaxy

Floating in the Galaxy

12 x 12 Acrylic / wood panel Mary Carroll Nelson

Stages of Life

Stages of Life

19 x 13 Mixed media Lynda Burch

Rage

Rage

16 x 16 Encaustic Marilyn Christenson

Spellbound

Spellbound

16 x 20 Acrylic Lynda Burch

The Planets Realign

The Planets Realign

16 x 20 x 2 Mixed water media / Canvas / Cold wax Margaret Watts

Hidden Vortex

Hidden Vortex

36 x 24 Mixed media Nina Adkins

When Doves Fly

When Doves Fly

10 x 10 Acrylic Laura Pope

Home Flight

Home Flight

11 x 14 Oil Phyllis Dorough

Bliss

Bliss

15 x 11 Acrylic Laura Pope

Valle Escondido

Valle Escondido

4 x 9 Collage / ink Mary Carroll Nelson

Yesterday

Yesterday

18 x 14 Watercolor Lyla Garcia

Birth of a Planet

Birth of a Planet

20 x 16 x 2 Mixed water media / Canvas / Cold wax Margaret Watts

The Golden Pavilion

The Golden Pavilion

12 x 16 Woodblock print (Moku Hanga) Mary Sweet

The Young Bear

The Young Bear

30 x 40 Acrylic on canvas Mary Sweet

Serenity

Serenity

18.5 x 13 x 5 Kiln formed glass Sarah Nelson

Breeze

Breeze

4 x 6 Watercolor Ilena Grayson

Chatter

Chatter

8 x 10 Watercolor Lyla Garcia

Tranquility

Tranquility

18.5 x 13 x 5 Kiln formed glass Sarah Nelson

Possibilities

Possibilities

48 x 36 Acrylic Gale Craig

Peace

Peace

12 x 12 Encaustic Marilyn Christenson