Nuvadi is noted for his prize- winning carvings that are authentic, exquisite, and modern all at once, we are pleased to show you one that fits all the boxes.
This refined figure is carved from one piece of dead cottonwood root, as is traditional.
Dead roots don’t harm a living tree, and cottonwood roots reach far down, to water; a spiritual symbol.
Dry farmers, like the Hopi and Zuni, rely on rain to nourish their crops.
Water is scarce and precious on the high desert, so many kachinas intercede with the heavens for plentiful water.
Here, the artist has carved an iconic Hopi figure, the Corn Maiden. This one is a blue Corn Maiden.
Corn is the metaphor for good health, happiness and prosperity.
The face is painted a cool turquoise, like water – and blue corn, which is sacred for the Hopi.
The parallel lines on the cheeks are symbols for rainfall.
It looks really pared down and simple, but there is a wealth of subtle and skillful detail that adds up to an amazing portrait.
The hair is intricately carved into naturalistic layers, with finely arranged, thick windblown bangs in the front.
As seen from the back, the long hair is carefully arranged in a double bun, tied with an embroidered sash.
Eagle feathers stand up, above the head. All this is carved in meticulous, precise detail,
A traditional choker of turquoise, coral, jet and white shell encircles the neck, with a large, inlayed scallop shell pendant – both carved and painted.
Wrapped closely around the figure is a plain blanket, decorated with embroidery at the hem, in the Hopi style.
The artist has depicted the overlapping, and draped, edge of the blanket with wonderful grace.
The hem of the dress is softly gathered into minute pleats, with the ends of sashes showing beneath the blanket.
Simple as the piece seems, impressive artistry is evident in composing each of the details.
Seen from the back, the figure is amazingly beautiful, elegant and dignified.
The faint turn of the head and the textured lines of the hair, eagle feathers, and skirt, contrast with the smooth, unadorned surface of the blanket-clad body.
In the one hand visible, is held an ear of blue Indian corn., minutely carved and painted.
A seemingly simple carving is actually a masterful small sculpture, full of precisely executed, artful details that add up to a carving of exquisite refinement and timeless beauty.