Object photography

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Object description

  • Rick Bartow (Mad River Band Wiyot and Yurok, birth 1946)
  • She Talks to Ghosts, 1989
  • Pastel, graphite, paper
  • Northern California, United States
  • H: 48 5/8 in, W: 35 5/8 in (H: 123.5 cm, W: 90.5 cm)
  • Gift in Honor of Susie Weld, 2008
  • E303646
  • Explores personal identity while referencing his culture’s metaphorc forms and images
  • British and Russian artists Francis Bacon and Marc Chagall are among Bartow’s influences

Rick Bartow is an expressionistic artist whose work often emphasizes connections between his past and present and between animal and spirit worlds. Here, the body of a human in conjoined with the head of a bird. Bartow's transformational images began to emerge in his work during a cathartic period in his life when he was getting sober.