Garcia, Tammy – “Seeded Woman II” Bronze. Edition of 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 chair itself is has a turquoise colored patina to represent the areas. The woman on one side has a hei-shi necklace and the other a turquoise colored necklace. These are representative of how those who journeyed and continue to visit here have the culture become an integral part of their lives. They have become seeds who spread their affection for the Southwest and Native art around the world. I called this, “Seeded Woman II”. It is the second 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 3/35 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!