“Narrative is central to my work. I am interested in stories—the stories of my parents, my ancestors, my family, my community. I am a storyteller; through my work, I weave together the threads of these various narratives to create a tapestry that tells stories that are sacred and precious, personal and universal, powerful and at times volatile.”–Holly Wilson
This book features all the works in the exhibition Talk Stories by artist Holly Wilson (Delaware Nation, Cherokee), part of the permanent collection of C.N. Gorman Museum, University of California Davis. The book includes artist descriptions, essays by Jennifer C. Vigil (Diné/Latina) and Heather Ahtone (Chickasaw/Choctaw), a foreword by Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie (Diné/Seminole/Muscogee), and an introduction by Veronica Passalacqua.
Multi-media artist Holly Wilson creates figures which serve as her storytellers to the world, conveying stories of the sacred and the precious, capturing moments of our day, our vulnerabilities, and our strengths. The stories are at one time both representations of family history as well as personal experiences. Wilsons work reaches a broad audience allowing the viewer the opportunity to see their personal connection. Wilson works in a variety of media including bronzes, paint, encaustic, photography, glass, clay, and sterling silver.
She has been exhibiting her intimate bronzes, photography, and encaustic relief paintings nationally and internationally since the early 1990s. Wilson has received many awards, grants, and fellowships for her evocative sculptures, including a 2017 Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) Discovery Fellowship from the Santa Fe Indian Market and a 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Currently, Wilson has work in the exhibition Weaving History into Art: The Enduring Legacy of Shan Goshorn at The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma from October 9, 2020–March 28, 2021. Wilson holds a BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute as well as an MFA in Sculpture and an MA in Ceramics from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas.