Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'All My Life: Contemporary Works by Native American Artists'; Peabody Essex Museum; August 5, 2005 through March 28, 2010.
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Object description

  • Tammy Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo, birth 1969)
  • Rains for the Harvest, 2001
  • Bronze, stone
  • Southwestern United States
  • H: 76 3/8 in, W: 26 1/8 in, D: 6 1/2 in (H: 194.0 cm, W: 66.4 cm, D: 16.5 cm)
  • Gift of Merry Glosband in honor of the leadership and vision of C.E.O. Dan Monroe and the Board of Trustees and Overseers. Also donation made on behalf of the Meilee Smythe and Morry Spitz Family Fund, 2003
  • E302066
  • Reflects Garcia's thoughts about the relationship between spiritual and physical worlds
  • Renowned artist working in ceramics, bronze, and glass

Like many ceramic artists in the American Southwest, Tammy Garcia uses time-honored techniques in creating her work, but pushes tradition with her style, materials, and motifs. A fourth generation potter, Garcia continues to stretch and grow through experimentation in form and designs. Rains for the Harvest is a two-sided sizeable sculpture. One side depicts a woman dressed for the ceremonial Corn Dance, which gives thanks to the Creator for gifts of the harvest. There are motifs of corn, clouds, lightning and water that symbolize elements in nature which sustain people in the arid American Southwest. The second side has a stepped relief, representing steps to and from the kiva, a ceremonial space where the physical and spiritual worlds interact and blend.