Jaime Molina, a Denver-based artist, created this sculpture by hand carving the wood and painting it with acrylic paints. His art practice is varied--Jaime also makes large scale public sculpture and paints murals, which can be seen throughout Denver. Molina is inspired by the beautiful Colorado landscape, a setting that he calls home. His imagination is a huge part of his artistic process. Instead of searching for references of images online, he prefers to create the images based off his own imaginative interpretation.
The structure of this sculpture was inspired by the parfleche (pronounced “par-flesh”) containers and travois (pronounced “tra-voy” or “trav-wa”) that were used by Native American tribes from the Plains. A travois was typically made from tipi poles, and would have been pulled by a horse or dog. Nomadic tribes used them to transport their belongings, which were often stored in parfleches. This word is thought to have come from the French words for “to parry (defend),” parer, and “arrow,” fleche, and originally referred to rawhide shields or body armor.