TAOS LIGHT

Su­san Fol­well ex­hibits new works at King Gal­leries.

Native American Art - - GALLERY PREVIEWS -

SCOTTS­DALE, AZ

Raised in Santa Clara Pue­blo, Fol­well was im­mersed in the tra­di­tional meth­ods of pot­tery. Now, she takes the tra­di­tional prac­tices and ap­plies a modern in­ter­pre­ta­tion, of­ten in­flu­enced by the per­sonal and world events that sur­round her.

Fol­well and her hus­band, Dav­i­son, moved to Taos from Tuc­son two years ago, where he serves as the di­rec­tor of the Couse-sharp His­toric Site. Eanger Irv­ing Couse and Joseph Henry Sharp, two of the six found­ing mem­bers of the famed Taos So­ci­ety of Artists, pro­vided a fount of in­spi­ra­tion for Fol­well’s new works.

“Even though many of the paint­ings were staged sce­nar­ios, like Ed­ward Cur­tis pho­to­graphs, I be­lieve a num­ber of the mem­bers of the Taos So­ci­ety of Artists wanted to cap­ture and record the no­bil­ity and hu­man­ity of na­tive Amer­i­cans be­fore the cul­ture dis­ap­peared,” she says. Her new­est pieces will serve

as com­men­taries and re­flec­tions on those clas­sic works, specif­i­cally when it comes to the por­trayal of Na­tive women.

She re­flects, “I think one of the most amaz­ing ex­am­ples of this is Bert Phillips’ Corn Maidens, circa 1917. The grace and dig­nity he por­trays as they move through their everyday life is very pow­er­ful.”

She has also been ex­per­i­ment­ing with textured sur­faces, creat­ing a “be­jew­eled” ef­fect that looks like turquoise, co­ral, sil­ver and gold. This is ev­i­dent in her plate Corn Maidens as well as a work in progress that, when it is fin­ished, will fea­ture a young woman on feast day wear­ing tra­di­tional Pue­blo head­dress, with a turquoise ef­fect adorn­ing the lower por­tion of the pot.

These new works will be on view dur­ing a solo show ti­tled Taos Light: Maidens to Man­tas at King Gal­leries in Scotts­dale. It opens April 5 dur­ing Old Town Scotts­dale’s weekly Art­walk from 6 to 9 p.m. and will re­main on view through April 12.

Fol­well will also present a talk about her new works at Western Spirit: Scotts­dale’s Mu­seum of the West on Fri­day, April 6, at 1 p.m. In it she will touch on the process of creat­ing Pue­blo pot­tery, the evo­lu­tion of her own work, and how the Taos So­ci­ety of Artists has in­flu­enced her in the past few years.

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2. Hen­nings at Sun­set in the Snow, na­tive clay, acrylic, na­tive clay slips

1. Taos Maidens, na­tive clay, acrylic, na­tive clay slips 1

3. The Com­po­si­tion, na­tive clay, acrylic, na­tive clay slips 3

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5. Siky­atki Snow, na­tive clay, acrylic, na­tive clay slips 5

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