Horse Dance


“Horse Dance” 11 x 30” Watercolor and Gouache on Paper Four figures on horseback comprise the top portion of this painting, as inspired by a painting by Kills Two, an Oglala Sioux. (Circa 1920 – 30) His imagery renders four horsemen in a ceremonial context. I am inspired by the magic of his image. In my painting, I am pairing an interpretation of this image along with a unique Sioux artifact, owned by the Museum of American Indians. This buffalo hide and horn adornment was for a horse, possibly to be worn and exhibited as in Kills Two painting. Taking these images out of their historical context for reflection, this painting is rendered to suggest the passage of time and the blurring of memory. Without recall, these magical moments from the past are lost.