Artist Media Series
This is a creative tile from Jason Garcia. Jason has won numerous awards for his works in clay along with his Pueblo Revolt serigraph series. This piece is made from native clay, painted with native clay slips, and traditionally fired. This piece is part of his “Tewa Tales of Suspense” series. Each piece is inspired by graphic novels and early comic book art. This piece combines several themes in his work. This piece is entitled, “Barbenheimer, Pajogeri 1945”. It is, of course, a play on Barbie and Oppenheimer. Jason has made pieces inspired by the Oppenheimer movie and the impact of Los Alamos on the Pueblo people. Here, he has depicted Barbie with her tablita (note the atomic symbols on the tablita) with the pueblo, and nuclear explosion in the background. Pajogeri is Tewa for Summer, and, of course, 1945 is the year of the first atomic explosions. Everything about this tile is great social commentary in his classic style. All the colors are from natural clay slips and the piece was traditionally fired. His piece is signed with his Tewa name, Okuu Pin, which means Turtle Mountain.