The Four Matriarchs

The Four Matriarchs

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

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WALLY WORKMAN GALLERY
Austin Texas

The figures are four generations of women: daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother. The base is from a rocking chair that my mother gave to me. In the rocking chair’s arm was 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.

Exhibition History

  • Conversations: Eiteljorg Native Art Fellowship, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis IN (November 14, 2015-February 14, 2016)
The Four Matriarchs-Holly Wilson
The Four Matriarchs

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.