Kristine Marie Cummins

Native American / Southwest themed art

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My lifelong interest and respect for Native American culture was the inspiration for this body of work, created from 1990 to 2002.

Dog Woman, Paper & Glue, 16"x20", 2000

Dog Woman, Paper & Glue, 16″x20″, 2000

Late Southern Cheyenne elder, Nelson Turtle, whom was very dear to me, showed me the only photo of his grandmother from a history book. Her name was “Dog Woman”, and was a well-respected elder and medicine woman in the Southern Cheyenne community in Oklahoma at the turn of the 19th century. The photo inspired me to create a work of art based after her. The medium is black and white ripped pieces of paper from magazines, glued on canvas board to create a textured portrait collage. The art was gifted to the descendants of Dog Woman, residing in Dilkon, Arizona.

 

Mother Pioche, Oil, 24"x36", 1993

Mother Pioche, Oil, 24″x36″, 1993

“Mother Pioche” is a painting based after a Navajo elder I met in New Mexico in the mid 1990s. My longtime friend, Jill and I took our first road trip together to the southwest, and playfully called ourselves “Thelma & Louise” based after the movie. However, driving off a cliff like the movie, was not on the agenda!

Jill and I met a Navajo woman at an outdoor craft fair. She was so kind, that she invited us to stay on her land in New Mexico. The residence was so far out in the desert, utilities was inaccessible, such as plumbing or electricity.

Camping in our tents on the property, we listened to the coyotes howl beneath a big, bright moon that lit up our tent. If we were to have any truly authentic southwest experience, this was one of them! It’s a memory that Jill and I will never forget.

Mother Pioche stands alongside my longtime friend, Jill with Pioche's granddaughter. This is the photo I based the painting after.

Mother Pioche stands alongside my longtime friend, Jill with Pioche’s granddaughter. This is the photo I based the painting after.

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