Artist - Shelley Patrick
Muscogee (Creek), Santa Fe, New Mexico
"All Seeing Eyes" Art Coat by Shelley Patrick
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Artist Shelley Patrick has really made a fun and powerful piece here. With her signature balance of tradition and modernity she has painted Muscogee symbols for clouds in silver across the front top and sleeves, echoed by a silver painted scalloped edging around the bottom. In between are multi-colored weeping eye symbols, ascending to the clouds en masse in a playful, almost video game-looking effect. On the backside is a large single all-seeing eye symbol in apple green and purple with silver bars. Here Patrick has shown the detail of the traditional symbol's six-sided shape in a circle with a cross at the center.
Her choice of a bright pastel color palette with silver on the lilac silk makes a novel, contemporary look. Imagine this one over a muted silver top and slim leg silver pant with chunky modern jewelry, or pair it with a column of royal purple to work with the deep purple of the lining. Either way you'll be the center of all the all seeing eyes in the room!
Lilac shantung silk shell
with royal purple shantung silk lining.
“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.”