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Marla Allison

Marla Allison is a full-time artist and member of the Pueblo of Laguna Pueblo, (New Mexico) currently residing on the Pueblo. In 2008 she won the inaugural Innovation Award at the Santa Fe Indian Market for her painting, “Mother”, which is now alongside her painting, “Father”, in the permanent collection of the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ. Following the award, Marla was invited to be a Storyteller at the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) in Providence, RI, which is the East Coast equivalent to TED Talks. In 2010, Marla received the Native Woman’s Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM. Recently, in March of 2016, Marla won Best of Division, 2D artwork, at the Heard Museum Indian Market for her painting “Labor of Love” which was purchased by the La Fonda Hotel for their permanent collection in Santa Fe, NM. Her first solo exhibition was at the Loma Colorado Library in Rio Rancho, NM in 2016. In 2017 she had another solo exhibition at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM. Recently Mrs. Allison returned from a month-long artist residency in Abu Dhabi, UAE from April –May 2017.

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Allison, Marla – “Hopi Girls” Original Acrylic

Marla Allison is a from Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. She lives and makes art from her home studio where she finds comfort and inspiration by connecting with family, tradition, and being close to her community. Marla is a contemporary Native artist whose primary medium is painting.

This painting by Marla is entitled, “Hopi Girls“.  The imagery is her take on the classic Curtis photograph.  The piece is painted in her cubist style with a black/gray coloration and just a hint of reds.

Marla says of this painting:

This piece is inspired by photograph by Edward Curtis.  It reminds me of my youth, well, youth in general, and the timid way of becoming an adult.  I didn’t gain my voice until my mid 20’s, when I could really talk to people.  Maybe it’s a Pueblo things where the young girls hide behind others who are more bold.

As for her painting in general, she says:

“I am from Laguna Pueblo so I paint Laguna Pueblo. I paint and create for Laguna history to be great and remembered. I paint because I was passed down a gift from my grandfathers; I paint to continue what they started. I began with simple works of loose brush strokes, slight symbols of pottery design, and shapes taught to me in my youth. I researched the artists that I found powerful and connected what they did with what I do. From study and admiration, I found that I had something all my own.  Most of my influence is from pottery design of Laguna Pueblo and Hopi Pueblo. I have also found much influence by the cubism of Pablo Picasso and squares of Paul Klee. I don’t stick with one certain style but it is all my own, that’s what makes it mine. With the use of pottery design, I have painted landscapes that have design on them symbolizing where the clay that holds these designs comes from. I have painted mosaic paintings that are broken up squares and by taking these paintings apart with the image, the viewer is forced to visually put them back together as a way of putting themselves and their past into it in the process.  I paint so I remember where I came from. I paint so others can remember where I come from. I paint to be remembered.”

Allison began her expression through art in her youth and gained a formal education at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM where she obtained an Associates Degree in three-dimensional art. Since graduating from IAIA, Marla has exhibited artwork at the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market, the Santa Fe Indian Market, and the Smithsonian Native Art Market in New York. Permanent collections with Marla’s work are found in, The Heard Museum Permanent Collection (Phoenix, AZ), The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Santa Fe, NM), The Red Cloud Indian School Collections (Pine Ridge, SD) and various private collections around the country and also Rome, Italy.

Ms. Allison was the 2010 recipient of the Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Woman’s Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM.

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