Molly Heizer

Western Art Collector - - ARTIST FOCUS -

Con­sid­ered a sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor to Amer­i­can folk art, Molly Heizer cre­ates ce­ramic sculp­tures that pay cre­ative homage to the sym­bols and char­ac­ters found in Na­tive Amer­i­can his­tory. Her ex­plo­ration of the South­west’s high desert coun­try has led her to a cap­ti­vat­ing fas­ci­na­tion with an­cient In­dian cul­tures and their long-held spir­i­tual be­liefs. Heizer has re­searched the Na­tive civ­i­liza­tions and stud­ied their one-of-a-kind rock art along with the cre­ative dis­plays of their de­scen­dants, the Pue­blo In­di­ans.

An­cient Na­tive Amer­i­can art has al­ways told a story—it has been a cre­ative and oft-beau­ti­ful means of ex­pres­sion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Sim­i­larly, Heizer’s present­day

in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the an­cient art tell a story. The artist cre­ates folk an­i­mals, adorned with de­signs of the South­west. She also crafts kachi­nas, which she of­ten turns into totem poles that can range from 2 to 10 feet in height. Each fig­ure on her totems tells a wise and whim­si­cal story of an­i­mal unity and sym­bol­ism, hand­writ­ten on these works of art.

The sto­ries teach the viewer many things; whether it’s to re­mem­ber to en­joy the sim­ple things in life or to al­ways pro­tect the sa­cred earth. Heizer’s ul­ti­mate goal, how­ever, is to put a smile on the viewer’s face—to bring the viewer as much joy through ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the fi­nal ver­sion of her craft as she ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing the cre­ation process. Canyon Road Con­tem­po­rary presents Na­tive and Na­ture: The Kachi­nas and An­i­mals by Molly Heizer. An artist demo hap­pens Au­gust 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. fol­lowed by the re­cep­tion through 7 p.m. The show runs un­til Au­gust 25.

Mag­i­cal Things Hap­pen, Five Mud­heads, ce­ramic 86 x 18 x 18”

Sum­mer­time, Four Koshari, ce­ramic, 18 x 18 x 18”

Koshari on Ze­bra, ce­ramic, 18 x 14½ x 7½”

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