Project Type: Portfolio

Newa Four-Holly Wilson

Newa: Four

Newa: Four
Unique Cast Bronze, Patina, Reclaimed Boxcar Wood
9.5” x 12.25” x 2.25”, 2023

Newa is the Delaware Lenape word for the number four.

Paper Wings Fearless-Holly Wilson

PAPER WINGS: FEARLESS

PAPER WINGS: FEARLESS

21”x 23” x 13”, Unique Cast Bronze with Patina

It started with looking at my children playing and making their other world, if they needed wings they would make them from paper and sticks tied together. Their masks were transforming and all-consuming for them they believed and they became the bird.

We use a mask as a facade to be the thing we sometimes can not be, to fill that spot or give us courage.

Sometimes it is the unknown that we fear so we do not step when it is the step into that unknown that we need to live and breath. The figure prepares to fly away on her paper wings. It is a leap of faith that her wings will hold. In that moment she must be fearless to take the leap.

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

Exhibition History

  • EXPO Chicago 2023, (April 13-16) Center for Native Futures, Chicago Illinois
  • The Thread that Connects, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin Missouri (January 14 – March 4)
  • On Turtle’s Back, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania (September 8 – October 11, 2022)
  • Holly Wilson: Talk Story, C.N. Gorman Museum, University of California-Davis (January 9-March 16, 2018)
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Messenger in Red-Holly Wilson

Messenger in Red

Messenger in Red
18”x 21”x 6.5”
Encaustic, Unique Cast Bronze on Birch Board

It is the story of a Red Cardinal that comes close to you as if they are visiting you from a far, the carrier of a messages, whispered in the wind from one who was lost. They hold the hope of goodness and new things to come.

I have dreamed many times that I was a bird flying and then to awaken to see I am just a person. I create these birds with that hit of human with their eyes and our hands as we hold tight to the hope we hear in the wind.

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Currently on view at MA Doran Gallery

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

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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.

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

Exhibition History

  • EXPO Chicago 2023, (April 13-16) Center for Native Futures, Chicago Illinois 
  • Upturned Flower That Travels, The Volland Store, Alma, Kansas (November 6 – December 5, 2021 )

     

Bloodline Keeper of the Seeds
I Am-Holly Wilson

I Am

I Am

12″ x 9″ x 2.5″, Encaustic on Birch, 2023

I am Resilience I am Resistance I am Powerful I am Still Here

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