First American Art Magazine No. 21, Winter 2018/19 - Page 52

PROFILE above Untitled, part of The Gaming series, black walnuts, waxed linen thread, horsehair, shells, beads, 4 in. diameter, private collection. opposite The Bingo One, 2011, dye, paint, paper, glass beads, shell, wood, plastic, horsehair, waxed linen thread, large basket: 6 in. diameter, small basket: 1½ in. diameter, collection of the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, SAR.2011-10-1A-Q. Photo: Addison Doty. Maybe the way I see my baskets is different than others. I think because I have a degree in art, it has me going in other directions … If you could only take one thing with you on a trip, what would you take? If I’m going to see some friends, I’d take more recent[ly made artworks]. If I’m going to travel and work on a piece while traveling, I’ve done quilting and taken basket materials, whichever is easiest for me. When I first started making baskets, I was traveling a lot in the car. I finally said I no longer will do it. I was in Oregon and Washington, with all the tall trees—it was just blinking lights, it was so hard to weave. I no longer weave in the car. 50 | WWW.FIRSTAMERICANARTMAGAZINE.COM On the train I’ve done weaving and quilt making. I explain things if people ask me. I was doing a small lap quilt [on one trip]; it turns out I was with a bunch of Amish people. Someone asked me what I was doing; I showed it to her, and before I knew it I had all these women admiring it. They also asked me about the materials of the baskets, they saw the horsehair flapping around, and asked why were the baskets so little. The size of my baskets always surprises people—a lot of them are on the small side. “What can you put inside it?” they want to know. They always want to know about the function. But my baskets aren’t about function. I had one lady ask me to make a basket for her bread. I told her you don’t want to do it; this is tail hair from a horse. You don’t want to put