kneeling nude woman with brown linear marks and clumps of mud on her body, with her head upraised, throwing her long dark hair back

%C2%A9 Cara Romero

Kaa, 2017

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Cara Romero collaborated with her model, Kaa Folwell, an artist from a renowned family of Santa Clara potters, to develop this image that personifies the spirit “Clay Lady.” Clay Lady provides Tewa potters with clay. She represents empowerment, and though she is warm and inviting, she is unpredictable when fired. Folwell’s hair, captured at 1/8000 of a second, embodies the moment clay chemically changes to a hard solid. The Ancestral Puebloan design overlaying her body represents “how the spirit of clay . . . [is] passed down . . . through thousands of years,” Romero says. “There’s a way to do figurative art and to empower ourselves . . . I think it’s a . . . powerful shift for a woman to be behind the camera.”

Details
Title
Kaa
Artist Life
(Chemehuevi), born 1977
Role
Photographer
Accession Number
2019.64
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kneeling nude woman with brown linear marks and clumps of mud on her body, with her head upraised, throwing her long dark hair back

© Cara Romero

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