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Bloodline-Holly Wilson

Bloodline

BLOODLINE

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

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 at Gilcrease Museum

For inquiries, please contact:

The Studio
Mustang, OK 73064 | 405.308.0239

Exhibition History

  • Weaving History into Art: The Enduring Legacy of Shan Goshorn, Gilcrease Museum (October 9, 2020 – March 28, 2021)
  • On Turtle’s Back, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL (Sept 13, 2019 -December 23, 2019)
  • On Turtle’s Back, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe NM (May 25 2018-January 27, 2019)
  • Holly Wilson: Talk Story, C.N. Gorman Museum, University of California-Davis (January 9-March 16, 2018)
  • Art Prize 9, Grand Rapids MI (September 20-October 7, 2017)
  • Four by Four 2016: Midwest Invitational Exhibition, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri (September 10 – December 4, 2016)
  • A Foot in Two Worlds, Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (June 18 – August 21, 2015)
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Through the Years-Holly Wilson-D2

Through the Years

Through the Years

Unique Cast Bronze, Patina, 48” x 34” x 7.5”, 2022

To grow a garden is a belief in hope. You plant the seeds, the earth, the sun, and rain whisper to the flower that it is time to grow. It is the perennial flowers that come back year after year, their roots get stronger with each year, and some send a tap root deep into the earth to hold onto their place in the high winds and thick snows. That tip of green that shoots up in the early spring brings me a feeling of joy the dark winter is passing and spring with all that it brings is on the way. I can hear the buzz of the bees as they made their way from flower-to-flower fat with the bright yellow pollen and the crackling hum of the cicadas in the Oklahoma air. I can close my eyes and am transported back Through the Years.

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MA Doran Gallery
3509 S. Peoria Avenue | Tulsa, OK 74105 | 918.748.8700

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Bloosline Building Community-Holly Wilson

Bloodline: Building Community

Bloodline: Building Community

Unique Cast Bronze, Patina, Cedar and Steel, 20” x 84” x 10”, 2022

There is the family you are born into and then there is the family you make. They are the friends you made in school, the neighbor’s you live by and the colleagues at your work. You watch the children grow and tell the secret wishes you have for them. You have meals together; you share in the joy the ups and the down and you bring them love and kindness when they have lost a loved one. We build an extended family that grows year by year and that makes for a community that is full of rich diversity, compassion, and love.

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, all cast in bronze. The faces are of the ancestors and family shaped from the idea of a cameo or silhouette painting to capture the faces of the families.

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.

Available

For inquiries, please contact:

MA Doran Gallery
3509 S. Peoria Avenue | Tulsa, OK 74105 | 918.748.8700

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Wind Rider

Wind Rider

Unique Cast Bronze and Patina, 17” x 48” x 8.5” , 2022

My children and I love to pick up sticks that look like birds or dragons. In the story I made up with my daughter there is a young girl who is playing outside when she hears a rustling in the bushes next to her, as she looks closer, she sees this beautiful dragon emerge with a long body and tail. They both stare at each other in amazement and then the dragon says, “Can you see me? Only MY Rider can truly see me.” The young girl tells the dragon “I can see you”, and then they rode through the skies for the rest of the afternoon. When her mom looked out the window, she only saw her playing with a stick, but for the girl, she saw her dragon, and she was the Wind Rider.

As we get older, I think we forget to see the dragons that are hiding in the sticks and that we can fly through the skies with our arms outstretched, feeling the wind pass beneath us.  I try to remember, never stop looking for the magic, and that our dreams can come true.

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For inquiries, please contact:

MA Doran Gallery
3509 S. Peoria Avenue | Tulsa, OK 74105 | 918.748.8700

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False Face

False Face

Unique Cast Bronze, Patina on Crape Myrtle, 57”x 10” x 5”, 2022

My Dad taught at the Fort Sill Indian School and there where many evening that the different staff and faculty members would have each other over for dinners and they would tell stories of their people and as a kid I remember hearing the many different stories and thinking of them as ours, the Delaware. One of my favorites was of False Face. As I grew up, I remembered parts of the story, I then learned that the story was of the Iroquois and more about it and its importance. The Iroquois were close to the Delaware in location many years ago. This figure is of my own interpretation of the story I heard of False Face from that time long ago.

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For inquiries, please contact:

MA Doran Gallery
3509 S. Peoria Avenue | Tulsa, OK 74105 | 918.748.8700

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Lion Heart-Holly Wilson

Lion Heart

Lion Heart

Unique Cast Bronze, Patina, Encaustic on Birch, 20”x 16” x 4.5”, 2022

Removable Bronze Mask

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MA Doran Gallery
3509 S. Peoria Avenue | Tulsa, OK 74105 | 918.748.8700

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With Grace

With Grace
Unique Cast Bronze, Patina, and Cedar , 9”x 3”x 3.5”

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MA Doran Gallery
3509 S. Peoria Avenue | Tulsa, OK 74105 | 918.748.8700

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With Grace