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Holly Wilson's avatar Holly Wilson

"Bloodline" a 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, exposing the rough center revealing its life and history below, theirs above. Each section a generation of my family, the beginning is my children then my section with my siblings. After that, I weave between my mother and father's family history. When hung, the light casts a shadow of the figures on the wall. This shadow represents memory. Like a shadow, these memories cannot be held, and in the end, we are all only a shadow in history, shadows on this earth. The Cigar Figures come from a childhood Native American story my mother told of the Stick People, they are my reimagining of that story, now of family and my past, a complicated narrative of loss, survival, and resilience. Figures are of real cigars and found sticks cast in bronze. The faces of ancestors from my past as far back as 1885.

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