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Lanna KellerI have always been drawn to stone. Graduate studies in archeology took me to Oaxaca, Mexico, where exquisite Zapotec sculpture inspired me to carve stone.

I am most moved by abstract form, particularly in the works of Brancusi, Noguchi, and Moroles, who make strong artistic statements with the greatest simplicity of form. That is my goal. My work refers to organic form, exploring the tension between the concave and convex shapes. I am always amazed at the dramatic transition in form from quarried stone to finished piece, the most mystical transition being the surprise of color revealed only with the final polishing.

My painting mirrors my approach to three dimensional design. The landscapes are sculptural constructions, employing value and color to create a mystique of the land. I am especially inspired by the locations of ancient living sites, kivas and stone circles and enjoy capturing these ancient locales in oil.


M.A. Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1970

B.A. English Literature, University of Michigan, 1969

Fine Arts courses: University of Michigan, Mt. Holyoke College

Activity in the Arts

New Mexico Sculptors Guild at The Sculpture Ranch, 2007

Border Artists and Friends, Las Cruces, 2006

Painted Horse Café, 2006

Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce Art Show, 2005

Rio Rancho Art Association Exhibit, 2005

Southwest Stone Carvers Association Exhibit, 2004, 2005

Art in Bloom Exhibitor, Lincoln Mass Artists, 2003

Lincoln Artists Biannual Exhibit, 2001/2002

Arts Council, Lincoln, Mass., 1993-5

Sweetbriar College Invitational, 1982

Present Gallery Representation

Indigo Gallery, Madrid, New Mexico

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