Bloodline

Holly Wilson's avatar Holly Wilson Vote Code: 65643

"Bloodline" is the story of family, history, and identity, where I came from as far back as I could trace my Native American bloodline to date. The figures walk across a locust tree, cut lengthwise, so it exposes the rough center and the lines. There are sections for each generation of my family. The beginning is my children. From that, I have my section with my sisters and brother. After that, I weave back and forth between my mother and father's family history. When hung, the light casts a shadow of the figures on the back wall, representing my memory. Like a shadow, these memories are ephemeral, and in the end, we are all only a shadow in history, shadows on this earth. I refer to the figures as Cigar Figures which come from a childhood story that my mother told of the "Stick People." The figures are made of real cigars and found sticks. I create molds of the cigars and then cast them and the sticks in bronze. The faces are of my family and ancestors.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 9 inches
  • Medium: Bronze, patina, locust wood
  • Width: 264 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 29 inches