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A Place in Clay

Kathleen Wall’s 2020 Living Treasure Exhibition

On display through May 16, 2022 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

The exhibition, A Place in Clay, seamlessly moves between clay sculptures and acrylic paintings, in which Wall engages with and explores her high desert surroundings. Finding inspiration in both her family’s artistic practices and the environment of Jemez Pueblo, Wall ask questions surrounding food sovereignty, language, and connection to place. 

"I have always considered Pueblo pottery to be an essential ingredient in my life," said Wall. "Over the last thirty years, I have begun my creative process with the same actions as my mother, my grandmother, and my great grandmother before her. I dig clay and volcanic ash in the same places that my mother showed me as a young girl. I have created most of my clay figures using traditionally processed clay from here in Jemez Pueblo…where I began." 

Also on exhibit at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture


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