Known for vibrantly hued ceramic masks, this gifted artist has moved on to soft sculptures, also meant to adorn your wall.
This one represents that Native icon, the buffalo. The artist has labeled it “Night Watcher”.
Beautifully painted canvas forms her well-filled body, with deerskin, real fleece, and natural feathers to complete the intricate and harmonious look.
This striking soft sculpture has a pleasing balance between warm and cool colors, matte and metallic finishes, and a marvelous variety of textures, as well.
The tail is natural fleece, while deerskin forms a tassel on top, and wraps around the long, natural feathers.
Silky threads tie the feathers and tassels, repeating the colors found in the painted designs.
The painting is precise and balanced, with angular and rounded forms, as well as deep, cool hues and warm, bright ones, too.
Circles of different sizes adorn the head and neck, with metallic gold crosses and a deep blue water spiral.
The crosses are stars, and also symbolize the four corners of the world.
They represent how far the blessings represented by the buffalo itself, and the water spiral, should extend.
Abundant buffalo meant meat, clothing, shelter, weapons, and all sorts of good things. A supermarket on the hoof, really.
Stepped lines and zig-zags represent rain and waterways, which are great good luck.
On the back rump, ovals represent plant leaves. Plants are another blessing, thanks to enough water.
Attached to the body of the buffalo, is a little baby: Fertility, and the continuation of the species and its blessings.
Metallic gold for the horn, metallic copper for the shoulder, and metallic silver for some of the raindrops, add a soft shimmer to the dark greens, teals, and ruddy browns of the background.
An original concept, created with imagination and multi-media skills by an established artist.
This striking wall sculpture is as handsome and decorative as it is meaningful.
Enjoy it on its own, or as part of an installation of a variety of art.