1937 Buffalo nickel on a drum head

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20x20 inches acrylic with texture on a drum head - A journey of injustice--after going to a concert called "Trail of Tears," telling the survival of the Cherokee people forcefully removed from their homelands in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee to live in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, I was moved to create this piece. As part of a drive to beautify the coinage, the buffalo Nickel or Indian Head was a piece struck by the US Mint from 1913-1938. Designed by sculptor James Fraser. The Taft administration buffalo Nickel or Indian Head was a piece struck by the US Mint from 19l3-1938. Designed by sculptor James Fraser. The Taft administration was impressed by Fraser's design showing a Native American and an American Bison. The design was approved in 1912. In1938, after the minimum 25-year period, it was replaced by the Jefferson Nickel. I built-up the texture, layer upon layer, on a drum head with texture gel, using a palette knife.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 1/2 inch
  • Medium: acrylic mixed media
  • Width: 20x20 inches
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 20 inches