Baring Witness in Santa Fe photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Women Baring Witness 2003

Baring Witness in Santa Fe photo by Jennifer Esperanza


I’ve been a “peace nik” since my high school days, when I canvassed my Republican neighborhood in protest of the Vietnam War. (Results: Fail. I don’t think I changed a single mind.)

Years later, my activism and my performance art instincts came together when a friend of mine, Carolyn Lee, organized a naked “peace in” in Santa Fe, NM. (Photo by Jennifer Esperanza.) Read more

Abstract Photography from Maui

Kalo Kiss by Roxanne Darling - photograph

“Kalo Kiss”


Here are a few of the abstract photographs I took when re-learning how to use a DSLR camera. I first learned film photography in college (1974!) and fell in love with the ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) photos my partner was creating back in 2014-2016. Shane moved on to abstract painting and taught me some of the secrets behind this type of abstract photography that is made entirely in camera. No photoshop tricks or digital manipulation here. Read more

I am Maui - Body Printing Community Art

Call for Figures & Quotes: Maui Community Art Project

I am Maui - Body Printing Community Art


ART OPENING & INSTALLATION

Monday, July 9, 2018
6-7 pm – Artist Remarks at 6:30 pm
Sip Me
7 Ka‘ahumanu Ave, Kahului, Maui
Free and open to all

Scroll down to see photos from the event and read a few comments.


I’ve been noodling on this idea for several months and am going to just share it out loud and see where it goes. (I’ve updated this post to feature the preliminary canvas we’ve created! The original blue canvas was by Yves Klein, the French artist who is credited with bringing body printing to the art world.)

I am inspired by the early body print paintings of Yves Klein, a prominent and controversial French artist, that were created in the early 1960’s.

I’m also inspired by this question: Who are You? Read more

Roxanne and friends at the LCDA Electron Salon opening in Los Angeles

Electron Salon, 2018

Roxanne and friends at the LCDA Electron Salon opening in Los Angeles


I originally applied to the Spring 2018 International Juried Exhibition at LACDA, the LA Center for Digital Art. It was curated by Leigh Gleason, Curator of Collections at the California Museum of Photography. My work was not selected for this show.

A few weeks later, though, the gallery director, Rex Bruce, emailed and invited me to participate in the Electron Salon, April, 2018. “You were selected based your submissions for competition(s) or Snap to Grid as being among the best that were contributed.” OK, that felt really good to read.
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Free Hugs Campaign at LAX

37 Hugs for 37 Strangers, 1989

Free Hugs Campaign at LAX


With hindsight in my hands, I now think of this experience as my first ‘performance art’ piece. I had been studying the scientific benefits of touch when I traveled to New York City to run a 5K race at midnight on New Year’s Eve in 1989. It was also my birthday and I wanted to do something wild and weird to celebrate it.

So, I committed to roaming the streets, offering free hugs to anyone who would like one, aiming for 37 hugs to 37 strangers on my 37th birthday. At the time, NYC was quintessentially “New York,” aka as far from touchy-feely California as I could get. My Manhattan friends’ offered dire warnings for my safety. “It’s dangerous to get so up close and intimate with strangers in New York!” Read more

I AM: Resting in the Redwoods, by Roxanne Darling

I AM: Resting in the Redwoods

I AM: Resting in the Redwoods, by Roxanne Darling

I AM: Resting in the Redwoods, by Roxanne Darling, self-portrait


This photograph is part of my “I AM” series, which are nude portraits of myself exploring the natural states of the female form as expressed in the midst of nature itself. As a 65 year-old woman and emerging artist, I’m curious about the lines between nakedness and sexuality, between self-expression and exhibitionism, between acting and resting, between body perfect and body positive.

The statement in 1s and 0s repeated on the image is the actual binary code for “I AM.” In computer programming, the 1s and 0s represent a binary choice at each step of execution: on or off, yes or no. This appears at first glance to ground the universe in black and white thinking, but in reality, the infinite combinations of 1s and 0s is what creates extraordinary diversity. This diversity is well documented in nature and is becoming ever more appreciated in humanity as well. Read more

Energy Chairs by Roxanne Darling

Energy Chairs, 2016

Energy Chairs by Roxanne Darling

Energy Chairs by Roxanne Darling, installed at Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii


An Interactive Installation

Original Artist Statement:

I am very interested in the exchange of energy, especially as it relates to the creation and experience of art. This piece gives the gallery visitors numerous opportunities to give and receive energy in the presence of the art. I have created an energetic space, to offer two “director” chairs, one each for directing the energy of giving and the energy of receiving.

The chairs are not fixed but are meant to be arranged by the visitor to create an experience with another visitor (itself an act of art) or to engage with the art in the gallery from the perspective of “receiving insights” or “giving appreciation” as an example. Read more

Roxanne Darling, Mistress of Her Own World, watercolor, 9x12

Watercolor Paintings from the 1990s

Roxanne Darling, Mistress of Her Own World, watercolor, 9x12

Roxanne Darling, Mistress of Her Own World, watercolor, 9×12


There was a time in the mid-1990s when I had gone through my second divorce and was waffling between careers. I was living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, an artist’s Mecca. I signed up for a watercolor class in the evening, joining a room full of mostly women (mostly older than I was) as we learned about paper, paint, color, and shape. I had no art training whatsoever.

All of my paintings were made from photographs, except the “goddess” paintings. They were inspired by postcards I found on a trip to Maui. I loved the original images, and, wanted to use them as inspiration but not to exactly copy them. I wish I had the originals as I would like to credit the artist who inspired me. Read more

Tony Walholm and Darrell Orwig, Jurors for the Voyaging Exhibition

Voyaging, 2016

Tony Walholm and Darrell Orwig, Jurors for the Voyaging Exhibition

Tony Walholm and Darrell Orwig, Jurors for the Voyaging Exhibition, with painting by Roxanne Darling


My darling partner, Shane Robinson, gave me a blank canvas that he made himself on my birthday, December 31, 2015. He wrote a special message on the canvas and it came with these conditions:
“Make a painting by your next birthday or the panel reverts to me.”

Fair enough. The blank canvas sat in my office on the floor. Months went by as I started gathering ideas. Things coalesced in the spring and in the span of less than a week, I created this painting. It was barely dry when I dropped it off for jurying, 15 minutes before closing time. The next day, I received my acceptance email. #Ecstatic! I took the I AM binary message and stamped it on a black top that I wore to the art opening. I enjoy creative expression without concern for whether it’s “high brow” or “low brow.” Read more