Painter, print-maker, curator, activist for the future of Native art, this prominent artist has also expanded into fetish sculpture.
Carved from one piece of honed alabaster, the wide-mouthed fish is archaic, folk-arty, abstract, streamlined, stylized, and traditional – all at once.
There is a traditional medicine bundle around the neck, with trade beads, clamshell heishi, and turquoise nuggets over a sinew wrapping.
This is a vivid accent to the earth-toned stone.
One side of the fish has just a few touches of the red markings of the stone; the other side is mostly a warm, russet red.
Round eyes punctuate the horizontal lines of the piece, accented with black for emphasis.
Ancient artifact, or a very contemporary sculpture? Whatever, this is a very cool piece by a major, cutting-edge artist.
And if you are a bass fisherman……this fetish/sculpture is for you!