Project Type: Studio Works

I Am More Than Fluff-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.

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The Studio
Mustang, OK 73064 | 405.308.0239

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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 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

Lost Within My History

Lost Within My History

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

As a young girl, my dad had these amazing, beaded works of art that he made, and from time to time, I would start but then stop or walk away from learning, leaving pieces in mid-process. I was young, then later my life was busy, and one reason after another kept me from history and time. My dad has passed away, and that time I could have spent with him learning and hearing his stories of how and why the thread it pulled through the beeswax and the cut of the bead and the way to hold the needle is lost. I lost not just the history but him and that time with him. I am now looking to teach myself these ways, and I hold him in my mind and my heart as I go forward.

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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

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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The Studio
Mustang, OK 73064 | 405.308.0239

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Incognito

Incognito

Unique Cast Bronze, Patina, and Cedar, 13”x 4.5”x 3”, 2022

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Mustang, OK 73064 | 405.308.0239

Incognito

With Grace

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

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Mustang, OK 73064 | 405.308.0239

With Grace

With Grace
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Two Sides of the Self: Yellow and Red

Two Sides of the Self: Yellow and Red

Crayola Crayons on Panel, 8” x 8” x 2”, 2022

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Currently on view in a Solo Exhibition
“On Turtle’s Back”
September 8 – October 11, 2022
Pauly Friedman Art Gallery
Misericordia University
301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA 18612
1.570.674.8420

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Mustang, OK 73064 | 405.308.0239

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.

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

 

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One Fish Two Fish

ONE FISH TWO FISH

Unique Cast Bronze with Patina, 30” x 30”x 4.5”, 2016

In the moments before I fall asleep, I feel like I am floating in a large body of water with all the days happening and all the possibilities mixing around me like fish in the ocean, each one a choice I can make in my life that could lead to many different outcomes, the path is unknown and each different from the other.

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The Studio
Mustang, OK 73064 | 405.308.0239

Exhibition History

  • Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, (February 22 – Oct 20, 2020)
  • Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now, Nasher Museum of Art
  • at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, (August 29, 2019 – January 12, 2020)
  • Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville  Arkansas (October 6, 2018, through January 7, 2019)
  • Four by Four 2016: Midwest Invitational Exhibition, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri (September 10 – December 4, 2016)

Bibliography

Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now”, book by Mindy N. Besaw, Candice Hopkins, and Manuela Well-Off-Man; p 182-183 (2018)

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Coyote and the Anguish of Mortality

“Coyote and the Anguish of Mortality”
Unique Cast Bronze with Patina, Cedar, 12” x 13.5”x 4.5”

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Mustang, OK 73064 | 405.308.0239

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