News for Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SAR Welcomes Dawn Dark Mountain 2015 Native Artist

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) welcomes Dawn Dark Mountain as the 2015 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow.

As a member of the Turtle Clan of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, one of the Six Nations of the Iroquois, Dark Mountain uses her watercolors and woodcuts to connect traditional and present day Woodland ideas, philosophies, and stories. She notes:

Using stories and designs from my own Woodlands culture, I translate traditional Iroquois beadwork designs into patterns and borders in my paintings. I also try to use the traditional meanings of different designs in creating each piece. The paintings themselves become visual stories, enhanced by the written narrative that I create for each one.

While at SAR, Dark Mountain will use her time to continue her work on a series of paintings and prints inspired by the Treaty of Canandaigua of 1794. In recognition of the friendship and rights of the Six Nations, in 1794 the United States pledged an annual payment of trade goods including calico cloth to the Iroquois Nations. This payment continues today.

Dark Mountain plans to create paintings based on the traditional yearly harvest festivals of the Iroquois, producing new calico designs painted with watercolors but creating the feeling of cloth. She intends to finish three pieces in her series: the Green Bean, Corn, and Harvest festivals. These pieces will incorporate words from the treaties as well as traditional raised beadwork. She is in residence at SAR from March 2—June 1, 2015.

Please join SAR for a public lecture, reception, and open studio for
Dawn Dark Mountain.

Date and Time: Thursday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Place: SAR Board Room and Dubin Studio (660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe)
Admission: free
RSVP to (505) 954-7205 or iarc[at] by Monday, May 18.

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