Vicki Conley

PO Box 437
Ruidoso Downs, NM
88346 US


Artist Information for Vicki Conley

I am moved by the wonder of the natural world. I create both abstract and representational work. Having a background in the natural sciences has always caused me to look at things from that angle.  Why do the birds act as a group? How is the mountain formed?  What causes the orange crusty stuff? I am constantly imagining how I would reflect their beauty in my art.

I use machine piecing, both from designs drawn on stabilizer as well as improvisational piecing to capture the feeling of a place or event. The tactile nature of fabric and thread serves both spirit and concept.

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Stacks on Stacks

Stacks on Stacks76" h x 57" w   Photo by Doug Conley

Smokestacks remove toxins from indoor spaces and have facilitated urban life ever since people transitioned to living in permanent settlements. They travel the world on ships and trains as populations grow and spread, and during the industrial revolution, larger chimneys proliferated in the city skyline. Modern infrastructure has brought these concrete behemoths out of the city, with power plants dotting the rural landscape. How can we change our behavior or improve our technology to find a balance between generating the energy and industry needed to support our society without irrevocably polluting our fragile environment?


Orogeny40" h x 47" w   Photo by Doug Conley

Sedimentation, fracturing, thrusting, shifting, erosion, wind, water, gravity, acid rain, glaciation, earthquakes, volcanic eruption, subduction, convergence, folding, faulting, and time, time, time, form the largest and oldest structures on the earth.

State of Matter

State of Matter80" h x 48" w   Photo by Doug Conley

About 70% of the earth is covered in water, a key building block for life. The state of water is not static and changes constantly between solid, liquid and gas depending on temperature and pressure. A balance of all these states is critical for the maintenance of diverse habitats on earth, from the arctic and antarctic animals that rely on polar ice caps for their habitat, to the diversity of wildlife in our oceans and rivers, to the gaseous water that provides moist humid environments to support tropical rainforests. We routinely make choices that affect the water in our environment, it would behoove us to remember the intertwined nature of the water cycle, and the interdependence of our ecosystems when making those choices.

Beauty Beneath

Beauty Beneath 48" x 32"   Photo by Doug Conley

I am a little apprehensive as I walk down the path and enter the shadowy opening into the earth. As the light dims, the shapes around me become vague and indistinct and the air is still and musky. Eventually blackness is all around, giving me the feeling of being all alone in the darkness of night. The space is immense, and sunless. As I light my torch a wonderland appears around me; giant glistening sentinels standing tall, delicate straws hanging from the ceiling, curtains undulating above, the sound of dripping water, and beautiful color. This magnificent cave, always hidden in the dark of night, is waiting for you to explore.

Reach for the Sky

Reach for the Sky48" x 32"   Photo by Doug Conley

During the Great Depression, the WPA commissioned 35,000 posters encompassing wide fields of interest including travel, education, theater, safety and others. Fourteen National Park posters were commissioned of which only 11 originals survive. These posters had a distinctive style and were designed to entice Americans to travel around the country and appreciate the many wondrous things preserved in our parks.

I love our National Parks, and am grateful to our forefathers John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt, among others, whose wisdom and persistence led to the preservation of these areas of natural beauty and historical significance for all to enjoy. Here I interpreted a picture of my husband and his friend, which I took at Zion National Park last year, to pay tribute to this historical era. Teddy and John in 1919, Doug and Dennis in 2016, and hopefully future generations in 2116.