Susan Davidoff, Rachelle Thiewes, Beverly Penn, 1999

The High Chihuahuan desert of West Texas has played a pivotal role in shaping the way we approach our individual work as artists. Although we work in different mediums, we share a strong interest in the desert, the land and the way people interact with their environments. In 1999 we formally explored these connections in a collaborative series of books titled BEAUTY.CHAOS. In this group of eight unique books we presented collections of drawn images, metal and slate objects and text which were a visual reflection of the many conversations and hikes we had taken together the previous year. Using metal, paper and charcoal for materials, we have created a series of unique books which explore patterns and layers, and their integration into our Chihuahuan desert landscape.