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2023-06  “Form #1” abstract sclupture

2023-06 “Form #1” abstract sclupture

This collection contains one of the earliest pots made by Les (1994-09), which seems quite traditional in both form and design. His work grows from his Tewa-Hopi and Zuni heritage, but as his career evolved...

2023-05  Damaged pot with abstract design

2023-05 Damaged pot with abstract design

This seedpot is exuberance. Abstract forms in black, red, white and grey swirl over its surface forming a dramatic crazy quilt. There are elements of Hopi design here, but the influence of Miro predominates....

2023-04  Two-shard pot with man lizard

2023-04 Two-shard pot with man lizard

The shards are 0.3125” thick. This pot consists of two shards displaying the results of shapeshifting between a lizard and a man. There is something both unsettling and alluring about bodily transformations...

2023-03  Two-shard pot with fish man

2023-03 Two-shard pot with fish man

The shards are 0.25” thick. This is a two-shard pot displaying an arresting image of shapeshifting between a fish and a man, the direction of metamorphosis being unclear. Pueblo mythology describes...

2023-02  Warrior mask and the detritus of memory

2023-02 Warrior mask and the detritus of memory

This is a face carrying a complex history.  I see this man as a mystic wounded warrior, my impressions of him mixed.  On the one hand he has a strong visage with a layered iconography. He carries a lot of...

2023-01 Early-career migration pot by Rachael Sahmie

2023-01 Early-career migration pot by Rachael Sahmie

  This is a small jar with a graceful shape displaying the classic Nampeyo family migration design.  It is included in this collection because of its date of production.  Its maker, Rachael Sahmie, was born...

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