A Dream of Horses & Buffalo, 2017. Watercolor on paper. 23” x 29” framed
With a nod to Henri Rousseau’s Sleeping Gypsy, a Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) woman dreams of buffalo and horses. A border based on Iroquois beadwork design, the imagery speaks of transition between worlds, sleeping and waking, living and dying, woodland and desert.
Henri Rousseau. La Bohémienne endormie (The Sleeping Gypsy), 1897. Oil on canvas. Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. Simon Guggenheim.
The turtles in the bottom corners reflect Dawn’s membership within the turtle clan. This painting is beautifully framed with archival materials and conservation glass.
Dawn Dark Mountain was SAR’s 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, Dawn uses her watercolors and woodcuts to connect traditional and present day Woodland Indian ideas, philosophies, and stories. Most recently, the New York State Museum acquired a series of four paintings she created examining the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua, a series which was largely completed during her residency at SAR.