Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2006 through 2012.
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Object description

  • Rick Bartow (Mad River Band Wiyot and Yurok, birth 1946)
  • Crow Dance, 1990
  • Mixed media on paper
  • Oregon, United States
  • H: 25 5/8 in, W: 19 3/4 in (H: 65.1 cm, W: 50.2 cm)
  • Gift of Margie Krebs, 2004
  • E302343
  • Explores connections between animal and spirit worlds
  • Shows transformational imagery central to this artist's work

Here, a crow transforms into a human-or perhaps a human blends with the crow spirit. Rick Bartow speaks freely of making transformational images as therapy, following his military service in Vietnam. He suffered from post-traumatic stress and addiction, before eventually finding his way to recovery.