Folwell, Susan – “Silence and Solitude” Tile (Higgins/Ufer)
9.5" x 9.75"
This a creative tile by Susan Folwell. She is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery. This piece is part of her series, “Taos Light: Canvas to Clay Pueblo Perspectives”. Beginning in 2017, Susan Folwell began a series of clay pieces inspired by and re-interpreting the Taos Society of Artists’ work from 1915-27. The design on the tile comes from two different paintings. One is Walter Ufer “Washer Woman” and the other is Victor Higgins “Hunter in the Snow”. The tile is actually two pieces that are mounted on board. On the left is the Waster Woman and the right it the Hunter in the snow. Susan says of this piece:
“The composition for this tile came to me when I was thinking about current world events. I wanted to choose two separate images that would work together. They seem connected and yet there is a subtle solitude in different situations. While the tiles are separate pieces I painted the landscape so that it would cross between the two tiles to create balance. If you look closely, I also added some of Victor Higgins iconic clouds to the piece. Look closely behind the woman on the left and where there woudl be a pile of adobe bricks in the background in the painting, I’ve created a group of clouds floating to the ground”.
The tile is beautifully painted and a creative flow brings the imagery together. It is signed on the back, “Susan Folwell”. The tile is set in a metal museum mount made for this piece. .