Ortiz, Virgil – “Runner” Pueblo Revolt Mask – Red & Black Mask
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 deep reddish-brown and black 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”. It is part of a second series of Runners masks he has made in 2019. The group can ben seen together in one photo.