KUNM

A Painted Collective Portrait Of Santa Fe

Jan 22, 2016

Faces Santa Fe is comprised of 65 portraits, all of Santa Fe residents, all the same size, and all painted with the same palette and in the same time frame.  On view at SITE Santa Fe through February 13, the exhibit was conceived by artist Ben Haggard as an experiment in social networking.  Ben started with friends and family, they were then asked to invite friends and family, and the project blossomed into what Haggard calls "a community representation of Santa Fe."

In this longer version of the conversation, Haggard describes the painting technique he uses, alla prima, and how this quick "all-in-a-breath" technique was well-suited to the ground rules he set himself for creating the portraits in the Faces Santa Fe project.