Never Silenced

Never Silenced

2014
Artist
Virgil Ortiz, Cochiti, American, 1969-
Born: Cochiti pueblo
Work Locations: Cochiti pueblo
Active Dates: 1975- present
Culture
Cochiti
sculpture
Clay, slip, and paint
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
2016.107

Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti), Never Silenced, 2014. Clay, slip, and paint; 9½ x 8½ x 7 in. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2016.107. © Virgil Ortiz

Dimensions
height: 9 1/2 in, 24.1300 cm; width: 8 1/2 in, 21.5900 cm; depth: 7 in, 17.7800 cm
Department
Native Arts
Collection
Indigenous Arts of North America

Ortiz cut into the clay when he was shaping this head to represent similar damage caused by the Spanish in their destruction of Pueblo religious figures during the colonial period. Pueblo people were accused of false idol worship, and their figures were replaced with images of Christian saints. Script of the artist's invention on the back of the head means “giving voice back to the pieces that were destroyed.”

Known Provenance
Virgil Ortiz, Cochiti, NM, 2014; King Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ, about 2014; Vicki and Kent Logan, Scottsdale, AZ, 2014; Denver Art Museum, 2016