"Double Winged" Art Coat by Shelley Patrick
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Shelley Patrick is a skilled, young Muscogee (Creek) Native American artist who combines traditional iconography in bold, modern ways to a stunning effect. Here she's gone with the brilliant hot pink and apple green colors of the silk and painted a circle motif on the center front bisected by the coat opening and flanked by two "wing" designs radiating outward. Her color palette of cool yellow, and apple green with fine gold lines is simply perfect!
The strong symmetry of the front of the coat is broken on the backside. Patrick has painted a vertical banner of carefully rendered zig zag patterns just to the right side of the center on the back, bringing a delightful element of surprise to the overall effect. Her choice of a few strong and well-placed design elements complements the strong colors of the fabric and allows it to really shine, showing a skilled use of restraint.
Can't you just imagine yourself in this stunner over a slim black silhouette with fine gold jewelry for a special evening out? This one is a real head-turner!
Hot pink shantung silk shell
with apple green shantung silk lining.
Shelley Patrick's Bio
“I am a Muscogee (Creek) artist engaging in questioning, changing and enlarging what that designation means. My art is an expression of my personal identity interconnected with my tribal identity and affiliation. As a member of a large family of Native American artists, I grew up surrounded by the traditions of the Indian art world, both ancient and recent. I integrate historical Southeastern Native designs into several of my paintings, but I am also strongly influenced by 1960’s-70’s era Indian art, which imploded stereotypes and insisted on the creative sovereignty of Native art as a part of the wider world.”
“Like many Native American artists of my generation, I value the freedom of expression that those earlier artists earned and want to further it by eradicating the last confines placed on us as Native people and artists. To that end, I use form as a representation of self, or placement of self within an image. In this social media era when identity is a constant construct, I want my audience to experience at least a momentary sense of that timeless universality in which they feel their inherent identity without the weight of societal, personal, or historic expectations.”