Artist - Anita Fields
Osage - Oklahoma
"Soft Shapes" Art Coat by Anita Fields
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Anita Fields is a Native Osage artist of considerable renown working in clay and textiles with pieces exhibited in New York City, the Heard Museum of Phoenix, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian, and the National Museum of Women in The Arts. She creates work that represents the balance found in nature and our lives, and early Osage notions of duality such as earth and sky, male and female.
"Soft Shapes" is a piece that reflects the curves, bends and angles found in the forms of the natural world. The shapes were created by folding paper and cutting along lines to mimic leaves, organic forms and other "earthy delights." By this process each shape has a symmetry, and Fields further emphasizes this balance by placing them symmetrically on each side of the coat, front and back. The simple palette of rich gold on black has a striking visual impact while the indeterminate shapes have a modern art look of a Matisse.
Imagine this piece over basic black with a single chunky gold pendant and cuff bracelet, or over a column of a simple gold top and slim leg pant for a special occasion look that is pure "wow!"
Black shantung silk shell with
deep gold shantung silk lining.
Anita Fields's Bio
Born in Oklahoma, Native American artist Anita Fields creates works of clay and textile that reflect the world view of her Osage culture. Her work represents the disruption of balance found within earth and our lives, and more broadly, early Osage notions of duality, such as earth and sky, male and female.
Fields’ sculptures were exhibited in “Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation” in New York City. Her work was featured in the 8th Native American Fine Art Invitational at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Her work was also included in “Who Stole the Teepee?”, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian, New York and the “Legacy of the Generations: Pottery by American Indian Women,” National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.
Fields has been awarded numerous residencies, including the Eitelljorg Museum’s RARE program and the Andy Warhol Fine Arts Residency at the Heard Museum. Fields was one of 47 Native American delegates funded by the Kellogg Foundation and the Institute of American Indian Arts, to travel to South Africa for “The Answers Lie Within.” Fields is a 2017/2018 fellow with the Kaiser Tulsa Artist Fellowship program.
Fields’ work has been published in Southwest Art magazine, American Craft, Ms. Magazine, American Style and Native Peoples. Her work can be found in several collections, such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville Arkansas, and the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.