Ortiz, Virgil – “Runner” Pueblo Revolt Mask – Metallic Gray
Virgil Ortiz creates dynamic imagery, such as the aeronauts and runners, for his series of the Pueblo Revolt 1680/2180. This mask is inspired by the events of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. It is made from clay and glazed on the front with a metallic gray coloration. The “Runners” in the Pueblo Revolt in 1680 used tied knots in cords to count down the days to the revolt again the Spanish. Here, Virgil has a leather cord extending out from the bottom of the mask with the tied knots. On the face there is a “x” or his “turkey track”, which signifies their travels and is also used on almost all his pottery creations. The mask is signed on the back, “Virgil Ortiz ’19”.