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THE INTERWOVEN DRAGON-Holly Wilson

THE INTERWOVEN DRAGON

Bronze, Patina, Cedar, and Steel

60” x 24” x 68”

$22,000
Available

There are no names here for they are all our family, our history, our present, and the
next generation. The figures walk across a cedar tree base that has the shape of a dragon’s head, it was ripped open lengthwise from a wind storm, exposing the rough center revealing the lines that show its life and history. Growing up, my mother would use cedar to purify our home, release spirits, and chase away bad dreams. That smell for me is home. I de-barked the exterior but kept the curve of the tree and its raw surface. You see the figures walking through time—their life above and the tree’s life below, and the life that lived within the tree are all interwoven. The connected flow of life can be over looked from the hurry of our daily lives. It is often in loss that we are ripping apart to see ourselves, and the profound interconnection we all have surfaces telling of the Dragon we all walk across that we fight or that we care for within.

The Cigar Figures come from a childhood Native American story that my mother told of the “Stick People.” The “Stick People” would run through the night and call your name; if you went with them, you were never heard from again. She never described the figures and I was always drawn to the idea of what they looked like. The Cigar Figures are my reimagining of that story, now a story of family and my past—a complicated narrative of loss, survival, and resilience. The faces are of the people from my memory a collection of details on one side like that of a photograph and the other of a silhouetted family portrait just the shape of the face the shadow of the person in history and in my memory.

THE INTERWOVEN DRAGON-Holly Wilson
THE INTERWOVEN DRAGON
Bloodline-Holly Wilson

Bloodline

BLOODLINE

Bronze, Patina and Locust Wood
29″ x 22′ x 9″

$120,000
Available

It is the stories of family, history, and identity that brought me to “Bloodline”. It is a long trail of my Native American history, my bloodline. To be ‘on the Rolls’ as an American Indian you must prove a quantum of blood verified through birth and death records until you match up to a name on the official “Dawes Rolls.” As I began walking through the past to document my blood, with the names and some faces, I wanted to hear them speak and tell their story. I wanted them to be counted.

The figures walk across a Locust tree base that came down in a storm. It is cut lengthwise exposing the rough center revealing the lines that show its life and history. I de-barked the exterior but kept the curve of the tree and its raw surface. You see the figures walking through time—their life above and the tree’s life below.

The Cigar Figures come from a childhood Native American story that my mother told of the “Stick People.” The “Stick People” would run through the night and call your name; if you went with them, you were never heard from again. She never described the figures and I was always drawn to the idea of what they looked like. The Cigar Figures are my reimagining of that story, now a story of family and my past—a complicated narrative of loss, survival, and resilience. The figures are made from real cigars and found sticks cast in bronze. The faces are of the ancestors from my past as far back as I can trace.

There are sections for each generation, beginning with my children. Though I only have two, there are five figures. Each life is counted and the children who did not survive are remembered with a place on the wood in history; their forms small and their heads bowed. Next, I have my section with my sisters and brother followed by my mother’s and father’s history weaving back and forth. When hung, the light casts a shadow of the figures on the wall. This shadow represents memory for me. Like a shadow, these memories cannot be held, and in the end, we are all only a shadow in history, shadows on this earth.

Bloodline-Holly Wilson

Bloodline-Holly Wilson

Bloodline-Holly Wilson

Bloodline-Holly Wilson

SpringField Art Museum, “Bloodline” by Holly Wilson
The Four Matriarchs-Holly Wilson

The Four Matriarchs

The Four Matriarchs

Bronze, Patina, and Wood
10″ x 36″ x 11″, 2015

$5600
Available

The figures are that look at the generations of woman, daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother. The base is a rocking chair arm that my mother gave to me. I saw the rocker echoing the form of a mother and her pregnant belly holding that next generation that next life and untold story.

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 Four Matriarchs-Holly Wilson

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.
HollyWilson-Topsy Turvy

Topsy Turvy

TOPSY TURVY

Bronze and Patina, 40” x 32” x 10”, 2016

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Bonner David Galleries
Scottsdale, AZ

Exhibition

February 2 – 21, 2017
“A Foot in Two Worlds, A Path of My Own”
Solo Exhibition
Bonner David Galleries
7040 E. Main Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
480.941.8500
www.bonnerdavid.com
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 2nd, 7-9pm

HollyWilson-Topsy Turvy

HollyWilson-Topsy Turvy

Holly Wilson SECRETS ARE BURDENS

Secrets Are Burdens

SECRETS ARE BURDENS

Bronze, Flex Cord
24” x 28” x 13”

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M.A. Doran Gallery
Tulsa, OK

Secrets of family, secrets of the self, whether good or bad is a burden that one keeps and hold within. The cast origami cranes are folded paper that hold words to history, words to the past to the secrets we carry. The cranes black in color for the darkness in which the unspoken words are held.

Psstt Can You Keep a Secret_Detail_Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson SECRETS ARE BURDENS

Holly Wilson-Enough

Enough

ENOUGH

Bronze and Patina
10.5” x 14.5” x 12.5”, 2015

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Collection of: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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.