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.