Garcia, Tammy – “Seeded Woman I” Bronze. Ed. 4/35
Tammy Garcia is known for her amazing pottery, as well as the creativity of her bronzes. This bronze is taken from a series of clay pieces which she made which were inspired by the paintings of Picasso. The imagery is a Picasso-esqe woman sitting in a chair. The piece has multiple layers and textures. When asked about the name and the imagery, Tammy said:
“I thought about a definition of the word, “seed” which I had read. It was, ‘A seed is the small, hard part of a plant from which a new plant grows’. It made me think of women who came to the Southwest when the trains arrived in the 1880’s, or with the Fred Harvey Tours in the 1920’s. They brought with them their past but became enamored with the Southwest or Native Culture. So on the bronze, the woman is sitting on a chair and the back of the chair is incised with Pueblo designs. The side has areas which were inlaid hei-shi beads. These women became the seeds of new interest in the area and culture. They spread this love of the Southwest just like a seed. I called this, “Seeded Woman I”. It is the first in this series to pay tribute to those how become aware of Native culture, respect it and spread their love of the art and artists to the world.”.
The piece has striking patinas to differentiate the various textures and depths of carving. Much like her clay work, the piece is distinctive in style and yet very sharply defined. This piece is 4/35 and it is signed and numbered on the bottom by Tammy Garcia. Simply a striking piece by one of today’s great potters with a lot of thought behind it!