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”