Make yourself at home

Tirzah Camacho opens her ‘Living Room’ to watchful eyes

Tirzah Camacho has a knack for making anything into a work of art. Enlarge photo

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Tirzah Camacho has a knack for making anything into a work of art.

Tirzah Camacho’s home is the best place to see the Durango artist’s collection of quirky art and bric-a-brac, but the problem is, it’s in her home.

“I can’t have the whole town come to my little apartment so I’m bringing it here,” Camacho said Thursday while transforming the space at & on Main Avenue into a replica of her personal space.

“Living Room” is Camacho’s first solo show since rejoining the arts collaborative after taking about a year hiatus. She credited friend and fellow artist Kristen Smith for helping craft the concept. For the show, she’s brought every item from her living room – couch, books, tables and a slew of the indescribable items she has collected and created over the years.

“I was panicking because working three jobs as a solo mom, I didn’t have enough new work for a show,” Camacho said. “Kristen said ‘You work every day – in thrift stores and alleys gathering stuff – there’s no difference between doing that and being in studio.’ And she’s right. There’s no separation between what we do, who we are and where we live.”

Camacho paints on whatever she can find, from cast-off wood (doors, window frames and even an automotive under-car dolly) to old toys and books. She has a soft spot for nostalgia, which fits perfectly with her choice of artistic medium. It’s all on display for “Living Room,” and almost every piece deserves a second look whether it’s her creation or not.

“How things change over time makes me sad sometimes,” she said. “That’s why I love vintage stuff so much.”

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Tirzah Camacho tries to decide where a ceramic monkey fits in with her “Living Room” show at &. The one-woman show opens tonight. Enlarge photo

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Tirzah Camacho tries to decide where a ceramic monkey fits in with her “Living Room” show at &. The one-woman show opens tonight.

In addition to the many found objects adorning her “Living Room,” TirzahCamacho has created several new works for tonight’s one-woman show at &. As an amateur boxer, she is fascinated by the phenomenon of “Cauliflower Ear.” Enlarge photo

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In addition to the many found objects adorning her “Living Room,” TirzahCamacho has created several new works for tonight’s one-woman show at &. As an amateur boxer, she is fascinated by the phenomenon of “Cauliflower Ear.”