Tirzah Camachos home is the best place to see the Durango artists collection of quirky art and bric-a-brac, but the problem is, its in her home.
I cant have the whole town come to my little apartment so Im bringing it here, Camacho said Thursday while transforming the space at & on Main Avenue into a replica of her personal space.
Living Room is Camachos 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, shes 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 didnt have enough new work for a show, Camacho said. Kristen said You work every day in thrift stores and alleys gathering stuff theres no difference between doing that and being in studio. And shes right. Theres 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. Its all on display for Living Room, and almost every piece deserves a second look whether its her creation or not.
How things change over time makes me sad sometimes, she said. Thats why I love vintage stuff so much.