Ramson Lomatewama is a Hopi carver of kachina dolls, as well as a poet. But he also works in glass. I was entranced by his “Spirit Guardians” faceless figures formed of color swirled glass. There are female figures with traditional hairstyles (black hair in a bun over each ear) and more ambiguous masculine ones, that seem to loom up out of the ground like certain carved figures. They aren’t very large–the right size to put on a desk–but they have a lot of authority. Even before I knew their title I knew they were denizens of of a world that might be nearby but that wasn’t exactly this one.
At Bahti Indian Arts, Tucson and Santa Fe. http://www.bahti.com
Many thanks to Sharon Niederman for this photograph which she took in my writing studio.