Origin Myth

Jeannie Ortiz & Kyle Cunningham

Artists and Adventurers.  We live in sunny Truth or Consequences New Mexico, moments away from the banks of the Rio Grande and in the foothills of the Greater Gila region.  We search out the wild corners of the world, exploring and learning, bringing back stories and impressions and then set ourselves fast at work to create objects to share. 

The modern is ancient in our work.  We live inside the rhythms of the world not outside and apart from them.  We remember that nature exists and we are merely but human, small creatures on this great piece of rock hurtling around the sun. Nature is the best guide.

Jeannie and Kyle each maintain personal websites at the following: https://jeannieortiz.com and https://kyleparkercunningham.com.


Desert Archaic has existed in many forms with the help of many different people. It’s a living project continually evolving, morphing, growing, and otherwise existing.

Over the years we have made many friends whom have contributed to this project and made it what it is today. We have to thank all of them for the time and dedication and magic the contributed to this space.

Olin West
Josh Candelaria
Reed Rische
Katie Renault
Naomi Hooley
Rob Stroup
Chantal Elena
Ashe Cravenock
Jia Appleseed
Wendy Tremayne
And so many, many more…