Garcia, Jason – “#August12” Tile
This tile by Jason Garcia is part of his Corn Maiden series which feature young Pueblo women in traditional dress for the Corn Dance and placing them in a modern context. This tile has a young Corn Maiden dancer standing in the center of Santa Clara Pueblo. Behind her is one of the kivas and their ladders. The piece is entitled, “#August12”, which is Santa Clara (Kha Po in Tewa) Feast Day. She is taking a selfie with her “i-corn” phone. There is some wonderful detail in the painting and the serious look on her face to get the selfie just right! Of course, there is a traditional raincloud in the sky. For Jason, this is a connection to the polychrome pottery of artists such as Lela and Van Gutierrez. Note the TV satellite antenna on the right in the background, which reflects “St. Claire’, the patron Saint of Santa Clara but also of television! On the back of the tile is the title. The piece is made from native clay and painted with native clay slips. It is signed with his Tewa name, Okuu Pin, which means Turtle Mountain.