H x 15" L
Kathleen Wall is the very
talented daughter of Jemez artist and maske maker, Fannie Loretto.
Her brother Adrian Wall is also a talented stone worker.
Well known for her clowns
and other pueblo figures, Kathleen has been recognized by many
organizations and institutions for her contributions to modern
Pueblo ceramic arts as well as for her commentaries on current
She had the special opportunity
to present First Lady Laura Bush with a unique storyteller depicting
a mother with children who was opening the way to their future.
Kathleen's work is increasingly
sought after and is an important part of modern Pueblo art collections.
Throughout her formative years,
Kathleen Wall considered Pueblo Pottery a basic ingredient in
her life. As a young woman she looked on as her grandparents,
mother and aunts all made pueblo pottery, and Kathleen followed
in their foot steps.
A teenager with strong ambition,
Wall tried selling her pottery for money with favorable results.
While Kathleen began her artistic journey making storytellers,
she knew all along in her heart that she was destined to transcend
the traditional art that she was taught. During her late teens,
Walls works began to take on more figurative qualities.
The artist contends that she was a young girl in the midst
of something I had a passion for. The combination of studies
in her chosen discipline and having the opportunity to attend
professional art shows opened her eyes to the diverse creativity
of contemporary Native art. Upon graduating from IAIA, Wall submitted
her first application to the SWAIA Indian Market. The excitement
of being accepted was compounded by the fact that she, to her
astonishment and delight, also received her first blue ribbon.
Kathleen Wall derives great
pleasure and excitement from participating in juried art shows.
Her passion for doing art shows is fueled when she can share
her creativity and tribal history, which brings an awareness
and understanding of Native arts and cultures around the world.
Wall is deeply grateful for the success they have afforded her.
Kathleen Wall was more than
happy to build on that success and become a respected installation
artist in 2009. Reverence for her work is evidenced by the overwhelming
response to her first solo show Celebrating Native Legacies:
Works in Clay by Kathleen Wall of Jemez Pueblo at the Indian
Pueblo Cultural Center. The exhibit incorporated multimedia elements
to tell two storiesthe traditional and the contemporary.
It was a pleasure for Wall to be able to express herself through
various media such as video and photography that she incorporated
into her clay installation pieces. Walls installation
art has added a new dimension and depth to her career, permitting
her to explore in different art media and allowing her creativity
to be challenged and soar.
"The Native cultures
of my family and friends have been my inspiration for years,
and I continue to draw on their strengths and their surroundings
for my creativity".