Project Type: Available

I Am More Than Fluff-sv-Holly Wilson

I Am More than Fluff

I Am More than Fluff

Unique Cast Bronze, Patina, Glass, Brass, and Feathers, 14” x 6” x 6”, 2022

I am more than the view that my people are frozen in time, lost to a romanticized ideal of who the Native Americans were, we are more, and we are still here. I am not this fluff; I am here; I am loud and larger than life.

Available

For inquiries, please contact:
The Studio
Mustang, OK 73064 | 405.308.0239

I Am More Than Fluff-Holly Wilson
I Am More Than Fluff
I Am More Than Fluff-detail-Holly Wilson
I Am More Than Fluff

I Am More Than Fluff-open-Holly Wilson

Bloodline, Keeper of the Seeds

Bloodline, Keeper of the Seeds
2021, 30″ x 98″ x 18″ in, Unique cast bronze with patina, cedar, and steel

It is a matriarchal society that my family lineage comes from; the woman cared for the children and the stories of their family. They told the history and planted the seeds for the next generation. Their lives, my life, and that of my daughter are full of the twists and turns that women hold in our society.

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 Bonner David Galleries

Currently on view in Scottsdale

7040 E. Main Street | Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 | 480.941.8500 | www.BonnerDavid.com

Bloodline Keeper of the Seeds
Bloodline Keeper of the Seeds
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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Bloodline: Building Community
Bloodline Building Community-Holly Wilson-sv
Bloodline: Building Community
Bloodline Building Community-Holly Wilson-front
Bloodline: Building Community

A View From Within Under the Skin

A View From Within Under The Skin

2016, 9’ x 12’ x 1.5”, Crayola Crayon

There are 12 girls, and each girl is made in 24 colors from a Crayola Crayon box making a total 288 girls.

 

I think if we could see ourselves as all the colors in the crayon box in all the shades, we could be kinder we would be able to feel if just for a moment another’s life and our world could change in such a way that children would not worry about if they are too light or too dark to belong. We are more than a classification in terms of a position between two extremes, I see the light within us all and the variations that make each of us, we are all the colors and an untold number of possibilities.

The way we see others and how one is seen has been a subject that I have had in my life since I was small. I am both Native American and Caucasian, but growing up I felt more times than I care to count that I was not enough of one or the other and that pull made me question all parts of myself. If I did not look like _____ could I be ______? Where did I fit if I was not a part of this or that group? I have had conversations with many that are from other races and nationality and they too have struggled. Is my skin too dark or not dark enough, the texture of my hair or the accent that one hears when I speak. All this history, this past came to a head one day while getting my children ready for school we were pulling together pencils, colored pencils, folders, 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 a big laugh, she has yellow hair, or the boy I ate lunch with, he was a helper and he told the funniest stories”, in a very casual descriptive manner with no malice to the differences. This made me think more about 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.

Available

For inquiries, please contact:

The Studio
11400 Riverview | Mustang, OK 73064 | 405.308.0239

Exhibition History

  • On Turtle’s Back, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania (September 8 – October 11, 2022)
  • Weaving History into Art: The Enduring Legacy of Shan Goshorn, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK (October 9, 2020 – March 28, 2021)
  • On Turtle’s Back, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL (Sept 13, 2019 -December 23, 2019)
  • Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS (March 7 – June 2, 2019)
  • On Turtle’s Back, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe NM (May 25, 2018-January 27, 2019)
  • 21C Museum Hotels Oklahoma City (August 2017 – February 2018)
  • Four by Four 2016: Midwest Invitational Exhibition, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri (September 10 – December 4, 2016)
A View From Within Under The Skin by Holly Wilson
A View From Within Under The Skin by Holly Wilson
A View from Within Under The Skin
A View from Within Under The Skin

A View From Within Under The Skin - Detail by Holly Wilson
A View From Within Under The Skin – Detail by Holly Wilson

 

Holly Wilson-The Strong

The Strong

THE STRONG

Archival Color Photograph
mounted on 1/8″ plexi with museum mount
24″ x 36″

1, 3, 4 and 5 available from the edition of 5

For inquiries, please contact: The Studio

My work attempts to explore what lies beneath or in the shadows. I am intrigued with the power of these shadows in our lives and how they haunt us or make us doubt our reality, at times even terrorizing us. I consciously incorporate shadows in my work by controlling the lighting and relationships of the figures, giving form to the secrets that linger in our lives.

In the Collection of:

  • C. N. Gorman Museum, Davis, California

Exhibition History

  • Holly Wilson: Talk Story, C.N. Gorman Museum, University of California-Davis
    (January 9-March 16, 2018)
Awakening-Holly Wilson

Awakening

AWAKENING
Archival Color Photograph
mounted on 1/4″ plexi with museum mount
24″ x 36″

1, 3, 4, and 5 available from the edition of 5

For inquiries, please contact: The Studio

In the Collection of:

  • C. N. Gorman Museum, Davis, California

Exhibition History

  • Holly Wilson: Talk Story, C.N. Gorman Museum, University of California-Davis
    (January 9-March 16, 2018)

 

We Need A Hero-Holly Wilson

We Need A Hero

WE NEED A HERO

2015-21, 100” x 144” x 8.5”, (site sets size), Unique Cast Bronze with Patina

This boy stands tall ready to defend his world. He represents all our children, the children we are to protect and care for in our world. The airplanes are their messages going out into the world. These messages both large and small are their stories, 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 called “Dumb Dumbs” and used just for practice and have no explosives while the white ones with a yellow ring indicate that they are highly explosive and may cause much destruction. What comes at our children in our society can be very devastating like an explosive tearing at their innocence.

Available

For inquiries, please contact:
The Studio
Mustang, OK 73064 | 405.308.0239

Exhibition History

    • On Turtle’s Back, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania (September 8 – October 11, 2022)
    • 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)
    • 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)

 

We Need a Hero-v2-Holly Wilson
We Need a Hero

We Need A Hero-Holly Wilson

 

 

 

We Need A Hero-Holly Wilson
We Need A Hero
Springfield Art Museum “We Need a Hero” by Holly Wilson
Here-Holly Wilson

Here

In a strategic trickster twist, I feature children, often masked, as a tool to bring the viewer into my work. Masks are multi-layered. They are a mechanism to hide or obscure our true intentions, acting as a wall between us and the world. Masks are also agents of transformation, powerful and sometimes dangerous.

HERE

Archival Color Photograph
mounted on 1/4″ plexi with museum mount
36″ x 24″

1-5 edition

For inquiries, please contact: The Studio

 

 

Spectrums Within Under Our Skin-Detail-Holly Wilson-2m

Spectrums Within Under Our Skin

Spectrums Within Under Our Skin

2018, 100″ x 70″ x 2″, Crayola Crayon

Spectrums Within Under Our Skin is 144 girls made from Crayola Crayon. There are 12 different girls, each girl is made from the 12 colors I see when I look at the color spectrum. I wish we could see the light within us all and the variations that make each of us that light passing through a prism showing the many spectrums within us all. We are more than classifications in terms of a position between two extremes, we are all the colors and an untold number of possibilities.

For inquiries, please contact:

The Studio
11400 Riverview | Mustang, OK 73064 | 405.308.0239

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

Exhibition History

  • Science Museum Oklahoma, 2020 Remington Pl, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 (November 9th, 2018 – Aug 4, 2019)
Spectrums Within Under Our Skin-Holly Wilson-2m
Spectrums Within Under Our Skin

 

Installed view at theScience Museums Oklahoma’s smArt Space Galleries
Beautiful Minds – Dyslexia and the Creative Advantage

Science Museum Install-Holly Wilson
Under Our Skin and Spectrums Within Under Our Skin