Artwork Description:

Original drawing is on charcoal paper at 18 in x 24 in. The drawing was created as a negative image by erasing the black charcoal background to expose the white image. The main drawing tool is the eraser. This method of revealing the image allows for accidental surprises which appeals to the artist.

 

Digital print/giclee' also available for sale at Works on Paper: Prints and at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, California. 

 

Pomo Basket Weavers: Spokes of the Pomo Community 

I live in Northern California, Lake-Sonoma-Mendocino counties. I have an affinity for the people on whose land I live. The Pomo people.

 

If you've ever seen Pomo baskets they are unbelievably beautiful. I remember admiring them as a young child in the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology on UC Berkeley campus. Experts say that they are the best in the world. Most of them were made by women artists.

 

I am an artist and a woman. This group of women artists from the turn of the 19th Century to the present make objects of daily use that bear their aesthetic fingerprint. Historically they must have been the anchors or spokes of the community wheel amongst their people. The weavers carried on from one generation to the next, the traditions of craft, of symbology, of language, of self-respect and during a very difficult time of westward moving settlers.

 

Spokes are also the warp or main structure of the twined basket.

 

These women artists inspired me & I wanted to represent them. The drawings are my own artistic interpretations, representations of these special people. DisclaimerAny resemblance to real persons, dead or alive, or other real-life entities, past or present, is purely coincidental.

 

I don't know why I do it but I just have to.

 

Artist Background:

The artist has studied in California universities (mfa, sjsu) and internationally with the art masters Howard Warshaw and Emilio Vedova whose raw passion, energy and expressive, gestural approach to charcoal impressed the artist. 

 

Charcoal drawings by this artist have been shown at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and commented on in the quarterly magazine Artweek. They are currently for sale at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, California.

 

"A gift is a thing we do not get by our own efforts. We cannot buy it; we cannot acquire it through an act of will. It is bestowed upon us."-Lewis Hyde

Thank you!

Pomo Basket Weaver No. 1

SKU: orPomoBW_01
$1,900.00Price
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