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Arroyo Seco #3

Martha Opdahl, Arroyo Seco #3, 2002, tufted and sheared wool pile, acid dyes and cotton backing, 81 x 51 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Martha Opdahl in memory of Arlene LewAllen, 2011 (2011.7) © Martha Opdahl

Arroyo Seco #3

Artist: Martha Opdahl (American, born Peru, 1940)
Date: 2002
Medium: tufted and sheared wool pile, acid dyes and cotton backing
Dimensions:
81 x 51 in. (205.7 x 129.5 cm)
Classification: Textile
Credit Line: Gift of Martha Opdahl in memory of Arlene LewAllen, 2011
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2011.7
Description
The white slashes represent split rail fences, the bold palette a response to the sunshine and clarity of light here. The stepped structure of the weaving has its visual equivalent in the steps and architecture of Machu Picchu in her homeland of Peru, as well as the Pueblo Revival style of architecture in New Mexico. As with all of her work, the alternating structure of the weaving reflects her sense of having a dual identity, with an American father and a Chilean mother, raised in Peru and Bolivia yet educated in the United States.
Not on view
Publication and Exhibition History: June 7-21, 2002: Martha Donovan Opdahl, LewAllen Contemporary