Project Type: M.A. Doran Gallery

Im Still Here-Holly Wilson

I’M STILL HERE

I’m Still Here

2017, 29”x 27”x 24”, Unique Cast Bronze with Patina, and flex cord

The boarding schools cut the hair and stole the language of Native American children. But inside, they were still there. My sister lost her hair to cancer and people stopped making eye contact, leaving her to feel invisible. But she was still there. The old tree was cut down, but its power to lead to the spirit world is still there. Through everything, they whisper, “I’m still here.”

Sold

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)
  • Upturned Flower that Travels, The Volland Store, 24098 Volland Road, Alma, KS (Nov 6, – Dec 5, 2021)
  • 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)
  • 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)

I'm Still Here-Detail-Holly Wilson

 

 

Carried in the Wind-Holly Wilson

Carried in the Wind

Carried in the Wind

2019, Unique Cast Bronze with Patina, 19” x  32” x 3”

Sold

For inquiries, please contact:
MA Doran Gallery
3509 S. Peoria Avenue | Tulsa, OK 74105 | 918.748.8700

Carried in the Wind-detail 2-Holly Wilson
Carried in the Wind

 

Carried in the Wind-detail-Holly Wilson
Carried in the Wind

 

Seven Sides of the Self-2mg-Holly Wilson

Seven Sides of the Self

Seven Sides of the Self

2020, 60″ x 48″ x 4″, Crayola Crayon, Birch Panel

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 that too was a struggle as well. Is my skin too dark or not dark enough, the texture of my hair or the accent that I speak with?

All of this history, this past came to a head one day while getting my children ready for school 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 from 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 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 the 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 the skin, no matter the color, the shape, or the origin. I think if we could see ourselves as all the colors in the crayon box in all the shades we would 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 kids don’t worry about if they are too light or too dark or if their hair is the right texture to belong and they could feel accepted as the person they are. There are 7 girls and each girl is made from 7 colors in a Crayola Crayon box making a total of 49 girls.

Sold

For inquiries, please contact:
MA Doran Gallery
3509 S. Peoria Avenue | Tulsa, OK 74105 | 918.748.8700

Seven Sides of the Self

 

Seven Sides of the Self-detail 2-2mg-Holly Wilson
Seven Sides of the Self

Should I Stay or Should I Go

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO

2012, 8.75″ x 22″ x 4″, Unique Cast Bronze with Patina, and African Mahogany

There are times and situations that hold us frozen and locked almost unable to make the decision of whether to stay or to go.

Sold
For inquiries, please contact:
MA Doran Gallery
3509 S. Peoria Avenue | Tulsa, OK 74105 | 918.748.8700

Exhibition History

  • Conversations: Eiteljorg Native Art Fellowship, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis IN (November 14, 2015-February 14, 2016)
  • Art Now 2012, Curator Romy Owens, Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2012

I AM NOT DONE YET - by Holly Wilson

I Am Not Done Yet

I AM NOT DONE YET

2015, 27″ x 10″ x 11″, Unique Cast Bronze with Patina, and Flex Cord

The first row of origami cranes are white for hope, the second row are red for passion, and the top row are black for our fears.

Sold
For inquiries, please contact:
MA Doran Gallery
3509 S. Peoria Avenue | Tulsa, OK 74105 | 918.748.8700

I AM NOT DONE YET - by Holly Wilson

I AM NOT DONE YET - BY HOLLY WILSON

She Found True North

She Found True North

She Found True North48”x36”x8” (on board)
38”x 23” x 8” (on the wall)

Unique Cast Bronze and Patina

SOLD

For inquiries, please contact:
MA Doran Gallery
3509 S. Peoria Avenue | Tulsa, OK 74105 | 918.748.8700