Erin Currier

Margarete, Helen, and Pablita

Acrylic and mixed media on panel, 36"h x 24"w, Item No. 14525,

As a woman artist who has lived and worked in New Mexico for more than two decades, I have felt a responsibility to honor and pay homage to those who came before me?innovative and influential greats such as Pablita Velarde, her daughter Helen Hardin, and her granddaughter Margarete Bagshaw. I purposely chose a warm and vivid palette, as well as materials, evocative of their respective work. In the piece, Margarete holds a paint brush, Helen a book by German philosopher Boris Groys (who writes of how Art born of tradition, spirit, heart, is being sidelined in favor of spectacle born of technology and bureaucracy); while Pablita?s hand, held by the other, is in the Earth-Touching gesture of the Buddha. -Erin Currier