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Navajo Woman

1986 Johnson Antonio Born: Lake Valley, New Mexico 1931 carved and painted cottonwood 13 3/8 x 3 1/2 x 3 in. (34.0 x 8.9 x 7.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak 1987.62 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27A


Luce Center Quote

"My children didn't have toys to play with, so I found a piece of wood and started cutting and shaping it." Johnson Antonio, AARP Magazine, 1992

Luce Center Label

Johnson Antonio carves Navajo figures from cottonwood, using an axe to form a rough shape, and a pocketknife to create the detail. He paints the surface with house paint, watercolors, and dleesh, a fragile white clay used by the Navajos to paint their bodies, and sometimes adds real animal hair or horns (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia, 1990). In Navajo Woman and Rabbit Hunter the rough surfaces reflect the harshness of survival on the slopes of New Mexico's Bisti hills.

Keywords

Ethnic - Indian - Navajo

Figure female - elderly - full length

sculpture

folk art

wood - cottonwood

About Johnson Antonio

Born: Lake Valley, New Mexico 1931

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