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Bronze: Checkerboard Clown


"Checker Board Clown" (2004)

Fired coiled earthenware, ungobes and oxides
11" L, 15" W, 6" H

Pueblo Clowns reflect back to us the state of affairs. They exist on both sides of the fence. This helps with their ability to “see” all sides…. night and day, life and death, winter and summer, male and female…etc. This is why they are painted in stripes of black and white. This clown is teasing us about how we like to take sides and fight each other. We create wars and kill each other. We clump together in one mindset and think we are better than others or stay closed to another’s perspective. This clown is using his body as the playing ground for a game of checkers. He understands that winning is not really winning. That is what he is trying to show us. All sides exist together and killing off our enemies is only killing parts of ourselves. The clown knows we need both the white stripes and the black stripes to be whole.


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