Fields, Anita – House and Two Figures Set (1998)
5.5"w x 7"h x 1.75" deep
This piece by Anita Fields is from 1998. This piece is part of her House series, with a stylized house with two figures in the interior. Here the outside of the house is adorned with an elk tooth motif (the white on black) and the top has swirl designs in the red. The figures inside the house are painted with a landscape for the lower bodies with the stars and moon for the upper part. It is a beautiful complement of slips, texture and design. It is signed on the back, “Anita Fields” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.
“Anita was influenced by traditional Osage ribbon work, clothing, and blankets. She also studied the objects and ceremonial dress of other tribes. The personal and emotional elements in these textile designs led Anita to use them symbolically in clay, translating the personality of these vestments into her work. About one of her recent series, Native American Dresses, which are coil-and slab-built installations, Anita says: “The dresses 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.”