Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Artist Casts Spell With 'Grimoire'.(Art)

Byline: Suzanne Deats For the Journal

* Substantial show at SITE Santa Fe usesX-rays, tools and regional props

Erika Wanenmacher's new show "Grimoire," opening Saturday at SITE Santa Fe, is a think piece a large-scale and very substantial installation.

A grimoire is a traditional encyclopedia of Western magic, and Wanenmacher's art is magical in a singularly Western way.

"My favorite definition of magic," she says, "comes from Dion Fortune who declares it 'the art of changing consciousness at will.' '' However, she says that "this show really describes my own personal territory of art-making."

That territory is made up of icon, archetype, metaphor and visual poetry. …

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