Object photography

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Object description

  • Diego Romero (Cochiti pueblo, birth 1964)
  • Corn Maiden, late 1990's
  • Ceramic, paint
  • Cochiti pueblo, New Mexico, United States
  • H: 8 1/4 in, dia.: 12 in (H: 21.0 cm, dia.: 30.5 cm)
  • Gift of James and Margie Krebs, 2008
  • E303926
  • In his work, Romero adeptly balances humor, sensuousness, and important social messages
  • Image based on Large reclining Nude (or, The Pink Nude) by Henri Mattise, 1935 (Baltimore Museum of Art)

Raised in Berkeley, California above a comic book store, Diego Romero draws on prehistoric southwestern pottery, Greek amphoras, mythology, and popular culture. He hand-coils and paints his polychrome earthenware, blending his ancestors' techniques with contemporary explorations into tribal politics, superheroes, and cultural identity. Here, Corn Maiden, the beloved Puebloan spiritual figure, is Romero's subject. Revered for bringing sustenance and life, she lays alluringly in the fertile valley, near the water where sperm-like tadpoles are swimming, surrounded by her gift of corn.