JOAN E. ALESSI
Descansos: The Sacred Landscapes of New Mexico El Sacro Paisaje de Nuevo Mexico

Every now and then a publication appears that is at once artistically intriguing as well as intellectually stimulating. Santa Fe photographer Joan Alessi provides a polychromatic exposition of her subject with each turn of the page. Her decision, after residing many years in Santa Fe, to treat the traditional roadside memorials—descansos—of New Mexico as an art form brings enormous visual pleasure and cultural appreciation to the reader. Her stunning photography captures the artistic attributes of these decorative crosses while preserving their religious and cultural integrity.

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Author: Dr. Sylvia Ann Grider
Category: Fine Art/Bilingual
Pub. Month: November 2006
Trim Size: 12 x 10.5”
Page Count: 80 Pages
Image Count: 37 Full Page Color Images
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 0-9762523-9-9