Truman Lowe (Winnebago) b. 1944
"Bird Effigy," 1997
42" x 20' x 1 l'
The Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Lowe has established himself as an innovator in Native American sculpture. He
has been able to successfully translate the elegance of traditional wood use by
his Winnebago ancestors into his contemporary sculptures. He has masterfully
created his monumental wood sculptures to echo the ancient ceremonial mounds
and effigies of the peoples from the woodlands area of the United States. His
sculptures capture the essence, beauty and spirit of these ancient forms.
For nearly a decade, Lowe has been experimenting with metal as a
medium for his work. He began by creating small (averaging three feet in
height) bronze pieces directly from his wooden pieces. He has also been pushing
the limits of his monumental pieces by fabricating them directly from his
designs using aluminum, instead of wood.
An example of this process is "Bird Effigy," a commissioned piece for
The Heard Museum's building expansion. The large aluminum effigy has a 25211
wing spread and is reminiscent of the small delicate effigies made of wooden
sticks woven together. "Bird Effigy" is made with aluminum "sticks" that have
been welded together to create a "woven" etherial lattice work of silver. The
large bird figure appears to hover above the ground.
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