ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The reorganized basement in Parish Memorial Library at the University of New Mexico became a little brighter earlier this year, thanks to a freshly unveiled mural on one of the walls.
“Arid, Mountainous and Roadrunner” was painted over the course of the summer by MFA student Robbin Lou Bates, who submitted the design to the Parish Memorial Library Mural Competition. It was Bates’ first mural of this size, and she says she’s proud of the work and the learning opportunities that came with it.
“I planned out my drawing and projected it on the wall, but it didn’t fill the whole wall,” Bates said. “Learning to troubleshoot that and add additional things to fill the space was the biggest challenge.”
The mural is situated under a skylight, so the abstract block designs are flooded with natural light. The area works in favor of Bates’ style because, according to her instructors, she is inspired by space, geographical, historical and personal.
The Parish Mural Competition is the first of several to be held by the library.