Rose Simpson, Santa Clara, American, b. 1983
Born: Santa Fe, NM
Work Locations: Espanola, NM
Santa Clara
United States
clay and mixed media
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum

Rose Simpson, Warrior, 2012. Clay and mixed media; 67 x 27 x 18 in. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2014.221A-E. © Rose B. Simpson

height: 67 in, 170.1800 cm; width: 27 in, 68.5800 cm; depth: 18 in, 45.7200 cm
Native Arts
Indigenous Arts of North America

This is one in a group of three works by Rose Simpson to explore the idea of being open for the world to see and then transitioning into a state of freedom after shedding the need to feel protected. In Warrior, Simpson makes tangible the “energies” she uses to deal with life’s challenges and attaches them to the exterior of the human forms. These “tools” are not weapons or physical armor, but rather energy that she controls. In Explorer Simpson begins to cross a threshold as she sheds layers of the guarded self. As the tools and past self fall away, the figure begins to emerge free and confident. Nurturer shows a transformation to a much less-guarded form. Simpson adds softer elements to the figure to illustrate an increased level of self-acceptance.

Known Provenance
Purchased by Vicki and Kent Logan from the artist, 2013; gifted to Denver Art Museum 2014.
Exhibition History
  • "Sovereign: Independent Voices"—Denver Art Museum, 9/15/2013-8/16/2015

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