Multimedia artist Shelley Horton-Trippe uses drawing, painting, installation, and video art as a way to transcend time through her acknowledgement that there, “is no time simply space.” Taking inspiration from natural sciences, poetic semantics, and abstract theory to name a few, Horton-Trippe uses a myriad of materials and application methods to convey socio-political ideas, in addition to religious undertones. Entirely abstract, yet landscape-based, the paintings of Shelley Horton-Trippe capture the vibrant and temperamental impression of the New Mexico terrain. Her use of material captures the moment when paint, color, texture transcends its physicality and becomes something else. Sonorous color and texture unlock form with authority and suggest the transubstantiation of the material into the ineffable. Her work suggests a state of suspended reality, or as Joan Mitchell so aptly said, “It’s like riding a bike with no hands. But once you realize you’re riding the bike with no hands, then you must quickly grab the handlebars.”
Born in Oklahoma City in 1951, Horton-Trippe won art honors throughout high school and went on to study ceramics with Peter Voulkus at the University of Montana, ultimately earning a MFA Cum laude at the University of Oklahoma. She went on to study video with Nam June Paik in Paris before moving to Santa Fe in 1979. She has received four National Endowment for the Arts Grants, among numerous other awards. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in many prestigious public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.