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Gathering-Holly Wilson

“Return from Exile” Traveling Group Exhibition

August  21 – December 8, 2017
Fine Art Museum
John W. Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center,
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723
828.227.7211
www.wcu.edu

January-May, 2018 (exact dates TBD)
Museum of the Southeast American Indian
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, North Carolina
www.uncp.edu

 

Gathering-Detail-Holly Wilson

GATHERING

Bronze, Patina and Locust Wood
28” x 16.5” x 5.5”, 2015

$12,000
Available Through the Studio

When I was young we lived on a mountain in Cherokee, NC, my father taught at the Indian School for several years. My memories have no words from that time just images, some of running the woods, others of going up and down the winding stairs to go to school. The “Gathering” is my interpretation of that part of my life; my coming home to the place and to the people I am a part of.

The wood is from a Locust tree. It is cut lengthwise; it exposes the rough center of the tree and the lines, the lines of the tree show its history. This wood is cut on the angle to be the mountain I lived upon, and the mountain we all climb during life.

When “Gathering” is hung the light cast’s shadows of the figures on the wall, these shadows represent for me memories. Memories cannot be held they have no words, and in the end, we are all only a shadow in history, shadows on this earth.

I used my Cigar Figures to represent my family in “Gathering”. These figures come from a Native American story of my childhood that my mother told of the “Stick People”. The “Stick People” would run through the night and call your name, she never described the figures and I was drawn to the idea of what they looked like for most of my life. The Cigar Figures are my reimagining of that story, now a story of family and my past. The figures are made of real cigars and found sticks. I create molds of the cigars and then cast them and the sticks in bronze. The faces are of the people from my past and my present.

Four by Four 2016: Midwest Invitational Exhibition

I am so pleased to be a part of this beautiful biennial Four by Four 2016: Midwest Invitational Exhibition. The Museum spotlighted one artist from four different states and I was honored to have been chosen for the state of Oklahoma. The exhibition is in its final weeks so I do hope if you have not had an opportunity to see the show that you find time. I have included the work that is apart of the exibition below.

SpringField Art Museum "We Need a Hero" by Holly Wilson 
SpringField Art Museum “We Need a Hero” by Holly Wilson Bronze and Patina, 10′ x 12′ x 8.5″, 2015 ©Holly Wilson

WE NEED A HERO
Bronze and Patina
10′ x 12′ x 8.5″, 2015

This boy stands tall ready to defend his world. The airplanes representing his messages are going out into the world. These messages both large and small, some will survive and some will not go very far. The bombs represent messages that are incoming from both people and society on a daily basis. The blue bombs are just for practice and have no explosives while the white ones with a yellow ring indicates that they are highly explosive and may cause much destruction.

We Need A Hero-Holly Wilson
Detail “We Need a Hero” by Holly Wilson ©Holly Wilson Bronze and Patina, 10′ x 12′ x 8.5″, 2015 ©Holly Wilson

 

 

A View From Within Under The Skin
“A View From Within Under The Skin” by Holly Wilson Pictured with Sarah E. Buhr Curator of Art at the Springfield Art Museum.  Crayola Crayon, 9′ x 12′ x 1.5″, 2016 ©Holly Wilson

 

A View From Within Under The Skin
Detail “A View From Within Under The Skin” by Holly Wilson Crayola Crayon, 9′ x 12′ x 1.5″, 2016 ©Holly Wilson

 

A View From Within Under The Skin
Crayola Crayon
9’ x 12’ x 1.5”, 2016

While getting my children ready for school last fall we were pulling together pencils, folders, colored pencils and crayons. They had to have 4 sets of 24 crayons each and we had leftovers from sets of the past years, some colors had never been used, and we were combining them together so we’d know how many new boxes would be required. The kids were talking about their friends at the new school and friends of their past school. In the conversation they were describing the children “the girl with the yellow hair, the boy with the brown skin”, in a very causal descriptive manner with no malice to the differences. This made me think more on how we see people and how one is judged. The smell of the crayons, the vivid colors, and the thoughts of my youth brought me to this crayon project. How we change in our viewpoints of people, and how we judge people based on race and color. We are all one below that surface, that surface of skin, no matter the color, the shape, or the origin.

 

SpringField Art Museum, "Bloodline" by Holly Wilson 
SpringField Art Museum, “Bloodline” by Holly Wilson, Bronze, Patina and Locust Wood, 29″ x 22′ x 9″, 2015 ©Holly Wilson
BLOODLINE
Bronze, Patina and Locust Wood
29″ x 22′ x 9″, 2015

It is the stories of family; history and identity that are what brought me to the piece “Bloodline”. It is a 22-foot long trail of history; where I came from as far back as I could trace my Native American bloodline to date. To be “on the Rolls” as an American Indian you have to prove a quantum of blood and trace that back through birth and death records until you match up to a name on the official “Dawes Rolls”. As I began walking backwards through the past to prove my blood, with the names and some faces I wanted to hear them speak and tell their story. I wanted them to be counted.

A storm took an old Locust tree down and that is the base for the figures to walk across. The tree is cut lengthwise so it exposes the rough center of the tree and the lines, the lines of the tree to show its history. I de-barked the exterior but kept the curve of the tree and its raw surface. The curve is mounted to the wall; the figures stand upon the top outer edge.

There are sections for each generation. The beginning section is with my own children. Though I only have 2 there are 5 figures. Each life is counted and the children that did not survive are remembered with a place on the wood in history their forms small and their heads bowed. From that I have my own section with my sisters and brother and then weave back and forth between my mother and fathers history. When hung the light casts a shadow of the figures on the wall, this shadow cast on the wall represents for me memory. Like a shadow these memories cannot be held, and in the end we are all only a shadow in history, shadows on this earth.

The Cigar Figures come from a Native American story of my childhood that my mother told of the “Stick People”. The “Stick People” would run through the night and call your name, she never described the figures and I was drawn to the idea of what they looked like for most of my life. The Cigar Figures are my reimagining of that story, now a story of family and my past. The figures are made of real cigars and found sticks. I create molds of the cigars and then cast them and the sticks in bronze. The faces are of the people from my past as far back as I can trace.

Bloodline-Holly Wilson
SpringField Art Museum, Detail “Bloodline” by Holly Wilson, Bronze, Patina and Locust Wood, 29″ x 22′ x 9″, 2015 ©Holly Wilson

 

HollyWilson-Topsy Turvy
“TOPSY TURVY” by Holly Wilson, Bronze and Patina, 40″ x 32″ x 10″, 2016 ©Holly Wilson
TOPSY TURVY
Bronze and Patina
40” x 32” x 10”, 2016
HollyWilson-Topsy Turvy
Detail “TOPSY TURVY” by Holly Wilson, Bronze and Patina, 40″ x 32″ x 10″, 2016 ©Holly Wilson

 

Holly Wilson-One Fish Two Fish
“ONE FISH TWO FISH” by Holly Wilson Bronze and Patina, 30″ x 30″ x 4.5″, 2016 ©Holly Wilson
ONE FISH TWO FISH
Bronze and Patina
30” x 30”x 4.5”, 2016

Where do they come from? I can’t say. But I bet they have come a long, long way. Not one of them Is like another.

 

Holly Wilson-One Fish Two Fish-Detail 1
Detail “ONE FISH TWO FISH” by Holly Wilson”ONE FISH TWO FISH” by Holly Wilson Bronze and Patina, 30″ x 30″ x 4.5″, 2016 ©Holly Wilson

 

Holly Wilson-Enough
“ENOUGH” by Holly Wilson Bronze and Patina, 10.5″ x 14.5″ x 12.5″, 2015 ©Holly Wilson
ENOUGH
Bronze and Patina
10.5” x 14.5” x 12.5”, 2015

How much is enough? If one is good today then 100 is better, we are overwhelmed by what we have yet we want for more. This girl stands atop of boxes of sugary cupcakes that are nothing more that empty, hollow treats.

 

Holly Wilson-Enough-detail
Detail “ENOUGH” by Holly Wilson Bronze and Patina, 10.5″ x 14.5″ x 12.5″, 2015 ©Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson | The Artist Formerly Known as The Waitress

The story behind the title here is when I first meet my husband we were both waiting tables in Houston and he made me a business card as a gift that said “Holly Wilson the artist formerly know as the waitress” his belief in my work has been the true and lasting gift.

I had a wonderful afternoon talking with John from nativeokc.com sharing this and many more stories about my life and my work.
I hope you will enjoy. Thank you for your time, I look forward to our next meeting.

Here is a link to the online interview: http://www.nativeokc.com/art-blog/2016/8/18/the-art-of-storytelling

Here is an image of the business card that he made me and that I have saved for 19 years.

Holly Wilson Business Card from Houston
Holly Wilson Business Card from Houston

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Front: "Belonging" Back: "On a Limb" by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.

Conversations: Eiteljorg 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship

The exhibition “Conversations” is in its last few weeks at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. I have been so honored to be apart of this 2015 fellowship, to have meet such wonderful people and to be given the opportunity to share my stories. There are many to thank for this opportunity the selectors that choose my work, 2013 Fellow Julie Buffalohead (Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma), former contemporary art curator for the National Museum of the American Indian and 1999 Fellow Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk) and independent art curator and consultant Mindy Taylor Ross, owner of Art Strategies, LLC and founding director of the Indianapolis Art’s Council’s Public Art Indianapolis. Jennifer Complo McNutt Curator of Contemporary Art at the Eiteljorg Museum and Ashley Holland Assistant Curator of Native American Art at the Eiteljorg Museum for their vision in creating such an amazing exhibition. James H. Nottage president and John Vanuasdall CEO at the Eiteljorg, both strong advocates for Native Arts. The Lilly Foundation for its generous support. To all of these people and so many more, thank you for your celebration and support of Native Arts and the Artists who share their stories and their histories.

To the writers on the beautiful catalog I send thank you’s for helping to share the many layers of meaning that our work has and that we are always trying to get on paper. I know for myself, the writing about my own work is hard on a good day. Thank you John Vanausdall, Jennifer Complo McNutt, Ashley Holland, Martin DeWitt, heather ahtone, Aldona Jonaitis, and Margaret Archuleta. All of your words and understanding touch our hearts.

The 2015 Fellowship, Conversations, marks the ninth round of the program and the continuing tradition of Native expression. This year’s fellows are Luzene Hill (Eastern Band of Cherokee), Brenda Mallory (Cherokee Nation), Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/Nisga’a), Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee), and invited artist Mario Martinez (Pascua Yaqui)

Show ends February 28, 2016
“Conversations”, Contemporary Art Fellowship Group Exhibition
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art
500 West Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204
317.636.9378
http://www.eiteljorg.org

Left: "Low Tide" by Brenda Mallory. Center: "Belonging" by Holly Wilson. Right: "On a Limb" by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: “Low Tide” by Brenda Mallory. Center: “Belonging” by Holly Wilson. Right: “On a Limb” by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Front: "Mother" and Center: "Belonging" by both Holly Wilson. Right: "Saligaaw 1-9" by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Front: “Mother” and Center: “Belonging” by both Holly Wilson. Right: “Saligaaw 1-9” by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
"Low Tide" by Brenda Mallory. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
“Low Tide” by Brenda Mallory. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: "Masked" Right "Should I Stay or Should I Go" both by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: “Masked” Right “Should I Stay or Should I Go” both by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Back Left: "Rider" Center: "Secrets are Burdens" both by Holly Wilson. Back Right: "Reformed Order" by Brenda Mallory. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Back Left: “Rider” Center: “Secrets are Burdens” both by Holly Wilson. Back Right: “Reformed Order” by Brenda Mallory. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Mario Martinez is explaining his piece "Conversations". At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Mario Martinez is explaining his piece “Conversations”. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left "Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes" by Brenda Mallory. Center: "Secrets are Burdens" by Holly Wilson. Right "Inside-Outside" by Mario Martinez. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left “Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes” by Brenda Mallory. Center: “Secrets are Burdens” by Holly Wilson. Right “Inside-Outside” by Mario Martinez. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: "On a Limb" by Holly Wilson. Right: "Saligaaw 1-9" by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: “On a Limb” by Holly Wilson. Right: “Saligaaw 1-9” by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: "Saligaaw 1-9" by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. Center front: "Belonging" Center back: "Mother" by both Holly Wilson. Back: "Conversations" by Mario Martinez . Right: "Low Tide" by Brenda Mallory. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: “Saligaaw 1-9” by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. Center front: “Belonging” Center back: “Mother” by both Holly Wilson. Back: “Conversations” by Mario Martinez . Right: “Low Tide” by Brenda Mallory. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.

 

"Enough" by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
“Enough” by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: "It's Probably Magic" by Mario Martinez. Right: "Enough" by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: “It’s Probably Magic” by Mario Martinez. Right: “Enough” by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Brenda Mallory is explaining her piece "Reformed Spools". At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Brenda Mallory is explaining her piece “Reformed Spools”. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.

 

 

Back Left: "It's Probably Magic" by Mario Martinez. Center: "The Four Matriarchs" by Holly Wilson. Back Right: "Coloization" by Brenda Mallory. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Back Left: “It’s Probably Magic” by Mario Martinez. Center: “The Four Matriarchs” by Holly Wilson. Back Right: “Coloization” by Brenda Mallory. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: "The Four Matriarchs", Center: "Enough", back Left:"Masked" and Back Right: "Should I Stay or Should I Go" all 4 by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: “The Four Matriarchs”, Center: “Enough”, back Left:”Masked” and Back Right: “Should I Stay or Should I Go” all 4 by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: "The Pilgrimage Ribbon #1" Luzene Hill. Middle: "Language Daggers" by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. Da-Ka-xeen is talking about his piece here. Right: "First Captiva Dream State" by Mario Martinez. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: “The Pilgrimage Ribbon #1” Luzene Hill. Middle: “Language Daggers” by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. Da-Ka-xeen is talking about his piece here. Right: “First Captiva Dream State” by Mario Martinez. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
"Gaaw Kooteeyaa 1, 2, 3" by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
“Gaaw Kooteeyaa 1, 2, 3” by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left "Language Daggers" by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. Center: "Rider" by Holly Wilson Right: "Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes" by Brenda Mallory . At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left “Language Daggers” by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. Center: “Rider” by Holly Wilson Right: “Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes” by Brenda Mallory . At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Brenda Mallory is explaining her piece "Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes" At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Brenda Mallory is explaining her piece “Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes” At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
This is the entrance into the show. Left: "Conversations" by Mario Martinez. Back: "Retracing the Trace" by Luzene Hill. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
This is the entrance into the show. Left: “Conversations” by Mario Martinez. Back: “Retracing the Trace” by Luzene Hill. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: "Conversations" by Mario Martinez. Center: "Mother" by Holly Wilson. Right: "Retracing the Trace" by Luzene Hill. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: “Conversations” by Mario Martinez. Center: “Mother” by Holly Wilson. Right: “Retracing the Trace” by Luzene Hill. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Luzene Hill is explaining her piece "Retracing the Trace". At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Luzene Hill is explaining her piece “Retracing the Trace”. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Detail of "Retracing the Trace" by Luzene Hill. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Detail of “Retracing the Trace” by Luzene Hill. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Luzene Hill is explaining her piece "Retracing the Trace". At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Luzene Hill is explaining her piece “Retracing the Trace”. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: "Retracing the Trace" by Luzene Hill. Right: "Call and Respond 1" by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: “Retracing the Trace” by Luzene Hill. Right: “Call and Respond 1” by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
"Call and Respond 2" by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
“Call and Respond 2” by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Front: "Mother" by Holly Wilson. Back: "Retracing the Trace" by Luzene Hill. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Front: “Mother” by Holly Wilson. Back: “Retracing the Trace” by Luzene Hill. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: "Masked" Right: "Should I Stay or Should I Go" both by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: “Masked” Right: “Should I Stay or Should I Go” both by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
"Rider" by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
“Rider” by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Front Left: "Enough" Middle: "Secrets are Burdens" both by Holly Wilson. Back Left: "Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes" by Brenda Mallory. Back Middle: "Rider" by Holly Wilson. Back Right: "Inside-Outside" by Mario Martinez. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Front Left: “Enough” Middle: “Secrets are Burdens” both by Holly Wilson. Back Left: “Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes” by Brenda Mallory. Back Middle: “Rider” by Holly Wilson. Back Right: “Inside-Outside” by Mario Martinez. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
"Secrets are Burdens" by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
“Secrets are Burdens” by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: "Mother" by Holly Wilson. Right: "Low Tide" by Brenda Mallory. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: “Mother” by Holly Wilson. Right: “Low Tide” by Brenda Mallory. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Front Right: "Colonization" by Brenda Mallory. Front Middle: "Enough" Middle: "Secrets are Burdens" both by Holly Wilson. Back Left: "Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes" by Brenda Mallory. Back Middle: "Rider" by Holly Wilson. Back Right: "Inside-Outside" by Mario Martinez. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Front Right: “Colonization” by Brenda Mallory. Front Middle: “Enough” Middle: “Secrets are Burdens” both by Holly Wilson. Back Left: “Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes” by Brenda Mallory. Back Middle: “Rider” by Holly Wilson. Back Right: “Inside-Outside” by Mario Martinez. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Back Left: "Floating", Right: "Superior Mindscape", and "Brushstroke Flower RRR" by Mario Martinez. Center: "Rider" by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Back Left: “Floating”, Right: “Superior Mindscape”, and “Brushstroke Flower RRR” by Mario Martinez. Center: “Rider” by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Brenda Mallory is explaining her piece "Undulations (Red) Back Right: "Interrupted Forms #2". Back Left: "Inside-Outside" by Mario Martinez. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Brenda Mallory is explaining her piece “Undulations (Red) Back Right: “Interrupted Forms #2”. Back Left: “Inside-Outside” by Mario Martinez. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Brenda Mallory is explaining her piece "Interrupted Forms #2". At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Brenda Mallory is explaining her piece “Interrupted Forms #2”. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: "Interrupted Forms #2" by Brenda Mallory. Center: "Secrets are Burdens" by Holly Wilson. Right: "It's Probably Magic" & "Unveiled Universe" by Mario Martinez.At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: “Interrupted Forms #2” by Brenda Mallory. Center: “Secrets are Burdens” by Holly Wilson. Right: “It’s Probably Magic” & “Unveiled Universe” by Mario Martinez.At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: "Ancestral Realms II" by Mario Martinez. Right: "The Four Matriarchs" by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: “Ancestral Realms II” by Mario Martinez. Right: “The Four Matriarchs” by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: "Saligaaw 1-9" by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. Back Left: "Masked" Back Right:"Should I Stay or Should I Go", Front: "Enough" by Holly Wilson. Right: "Colonization" by Brenda Mallory. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: “Saligaaw 1-9” by Da-Ka-xeen Mehner. Back Left: “Masked” Back Right:”Should I Stay or Should I Go”, Front: “Enough” by Holly Wilson. Right: “Colonization” by Brenda Mallory. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Back Left: "Inside-Outside" by Mario Martinez" .Middle: "Secrets are Burdens", Front: "Enough" by Holly Wilson. Right Front: "It's Probably Magic", Right Middle 1 & 2 "Ancestral Realms II", "Unveiled Universe" by Mario Martinez. Back Right: "Interrupted Forms #2" by Brenda Mallory. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Back Left: “Inside-Outside” by Mario Martinez” .Middle: “Secrets are Burdens”, Front: “Enough” by Holly Wilson. Right Front: “It’s Probably Magic”, Right Middle 1 & 2 “Ancestral Realms II”, “Unveiled Universe” by Mario Martinez. Back Right: “Interrupted Forms #2” by Brenda Mallory. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: "Ancestral Realms II" by Mario Martinez. Middle: "The Four Matriarchs", Center: "Enough", back Left:"Masked" and Back Right: "Should I Stay or Should I Go", "Right: "Rider" by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Left: “Ancestral Realms II” by Mario Martinez. Middle: “The Four Matriarchs”, Center: “Enough”, back Left:”Masked” and Back Right: “Should I Stay or Should I Go”, “Right: “Rider” by Holly Wilson. At the Exhibition Conversations: Eiteljorg Museum 2015 Contemporary Art Fellowship.
Holly Wilson-Gathering-Detail

“GATHERING” by Holly Wilson apart of the traveling exhibition “Return From Exile”

Holly Wilson-Gathering
GATHERING, Bronze, Patina and Locust Wood 28” x 16.5” x 5.5”, 2015

“GATHERING”
Bronze, Patina and Locust Wood
28” x 16.5” x 5.5”, 2015
by Holly Wilson

When I was young we lived on a mountain in Cherokee, NC, my father taught at the Indian School for several years. My memories have no words from that time just images, some of running the woods, others of going up and down the winding stairs to go to school.  The “Gathering” is my interpretation of that part of my life; my coming home to the place and to the people I am a part of.

The wood is from a Locust tree. It is cut lengthwise; it exposes the rough center of the tree and the lines, the lines of the tree show its history. This wood is cut on the angle to be the mountain I lived upon, and the mountain we all climb during life.

When “Gathering” is hung the light cast’s shadows of the figures on the wall, these shadows represent for me memories.  Memories cannot be held they have no words, and in the end we are all only a shadow in history, shadows on this earth.

I used my Cigar Figures to represent my family in “Gathering”. These figures come from a Native American story of my childhood that my mother told of the “Stick People”. The “Stick People” would run through the night and call your name, she never described the figures and I was drawn to the idea of what they looked like for most of my life. The Cigar Figures are my reimagining of that story, now a story of family and my past. The figures are made of real cigars and found sticks. I create molds of the cigars and then cast them and the sticks in bronze. The faces are of the people from my past and my present.

 

This piece is apart of the traveling exhibition “Return From Exile”

www.returnfromexile.org

CURRENT EXHIBITION:

• October 15, 2015-January 15, 2016: Collier County Museums, Naples, Florida

FUTURE EXHIBITIONS:

• February 4-May 6, 2016: Dr. J.W. Wiggins Gallery, Sequoyah National Research Center, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas

August 30-September 23, 2016: John Brown University Galleries, Siloam Springs, Arkansas

• October 1-November 20, 2016: AHHA – Hardesty Arts Center, co-sponsored with Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

• June 2-August 20, 2017: Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah, Oklahoma