Wednesday, June 13, 2012


MF Dondelinger's jewel of a book features images of once-familiar Southwest species rendered in exquisite detail. Short entries accompany each painting, describing the plant or animal, its habitat, and the cause of its endangerment.

Dondelinger's work always surprises. She juxtaposes the ancient art of egg tempera iconography onto the most disposable of backdrops, the humble paper plate. The plate-as-canvas serves as a symbol of twenty-first century throwaway culture, just as the creatures she so painstakingly depicts (using precious materials like 23 carat gold, egg tempera and rabbit skin glue) have become expendable in our fast moving culture. In Modern Icons, readers will gain a new view of what is - or is no longer - to be found in their own back yards.

MF Dondelinger apprenticed in Italy with an orthodox iconographer. She applies the traditional materials and theories of this sacred art form to contemporary themes. She divides her time between Arizona and New Mexico.

This book is sponsored by ARTSPIRE, a program of New York Foundation for the Arts, Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Margaret W. Reed Foundation and amazing individual supporters
You can support the
Modern Icons Book
Project too!

A complimentary copy of Modern Icons will be given to every public library in Arizona and New Mexico. Proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards the publication of a second edition focusing on endangered species of the American Northwest.  Donations to the Modern Icons Book Project  are tax-deductible.

Order your very own MODERN ICONS at the
SPECIAL PRE-PUBLICATION PRICE of $15.95  (Retail $19.95)
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Good until August 31. 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Going for the GOLD

Vienna, Austria. The GOLD exhibition at the Belvedere Palace Museum.

The exhibit. These two pieces were stops on the audio tour.

Another piece. Also a stop on the audio tour.

More of the exhibit.
No photos were allowed at this show and special permission was required to take these quick photos with a phone.

The Lower Belvedere

A large book about the exhibition and images of each artists work. Additionally, a postcard of the Kangaroo Ords Rat available at the Belvedere Palace Museum Gift Store. To see more about this exhibit click here

Back home and in the studio, I work to finish up text for the upcoming book MODERN ICONS:The Sacrifice of Endangered Species in the American Southwest. More about this later....