Fields, Anita – “Distorted Writing” Clay Figure
This is a clay figure by Anita Fields. The figure is coil built and slipped with various clays and gold luster. The figures are meant to stand or to be hung on a wall. Each figure is painted with different designs. This figure has flowers painted on the body and the hair and feet are all gold luster. Around the center is text which she has transferred to the cloth. Anita has written in “distorted writing”, which is her way of reclaiming the narrative of Osage culture. Anita said of this piece:
“My clay female figures are a culmination of all my clay work. The tell different parts of the Osage story. I often use textiles as well as clays for the bodies. The “clothing” convey my attitudes toward the strength of women and how native peoples show remarkable resourcefulness and adaptability toward their environment. The clothing Indian women created shows great pride, dignity, and hope in a culture facing insurmountable odds.
This figure has a striking use of gold luster for the imagery. It is signed on the back, “Anita Fields”
“I have a choice…There is a time for each of us to step up and be apart of the culture.” Anita recognizes there is a powerful connection that is made for her through cultural teachings. [Her] hand formed ceramic works led to references found in the Osage genesis narratives.” Anita Fields, Fluent Generations