Currently on display at Shiprock Santa is a collection of sculptural wood pieces by Ben Rouzie. A city planner in Winston-Salem, Rouzie was a self-taught artist who worked primarily in wood and passed away in 2016.
When his estate came up for auction, Shiprock Santa Fe recognized a unique opportunity to acquire a number of pieces by an extremely talented, and relatively unknown artist. While being known primarily for classic Native American weavings and jewelry, we always strive to include an array of eclectic vintage offerings from other parts of the world. These serving pieces and sculptural boxes have an American Craft aesthetic that would complement a wide array of home décor.http://www.shiprocksantafe.com/beta/items/search/64/exhibition
In the late 19th century anthropologists, ethnographers, and self made explorers had a keen interest in collecting all sorts of Native cultural material, however, anthropomorphic figures interested them above all else. Whether it was in clay, wood, stone, or any other material, the collections of many of the prominent museums and institutions are loaded with dolls, pottery figurines, and stone idols. The Trading Post owners who had long before established themselves within tribal lands were eager to guide these voracious collectors and supplied many of them with a myriad of figural objects. By the 1880’s the traders in Santa Fe were selling large free standing clay figures from Cochiti Pueblo, Rain Gods from Tesuque Pueblo, and many animal inspired forms from as far away as Zuni Pueblo.
Shiprock Santa Fe is pleased to offer a variety of human and animal forms that span the late 19th century to modern day and represent many of the Pueblos including Zuni, Cochiti, Santa Clara, and Tesuque from this curated collection.
Artist Keri Ataumbi is having a great year! She was chosen as an honoree by Native Treasures along with her sister Teri Greeves by the Museum of American Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, NM. Additionally, At the Artist Table has chosen her as their signature artist this year. The event, held Tuesday, August 18, 6-9, has tickets for purchase available http://www.attheartiststable.org/. Learn more about Keri’s inspiration behind the pieces she designed exclusively for each guest in attendance at the dinner in this video: