Three decades after death, Native artist’s work displayed at the Heard

Three decades after death, Native artist’s work displayed at the Heard
Special to the Times | Nick Wicksman This 1980 piece is called "Contemplation.”

Special to the Times | Nick Wicksman
This 1980 piece is called “Contemplation.”

PHOENIX

Among the ceramic pottery and bright-colored tapestry, a long-awaited addition to the collections at The Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix.

More than 30 years after the death of Native American artist Helen Hardin, 23 of her first edition copper plate etchings were added to the vast collection of Native American artwork displayed at the museum, Friday night.

Hardin was the daughter of famed Native artist Pablita Velarde and a part of the Santa Clara Pueblo, just outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.

However rather than follow in the footsteps of her mother’s very traditional artwork, Hardin chose to create her own style, using layers to create copper plate etchings.

Special to the Times | Nick Wicksman “Deerslayer's Dream,” a 1981 piece by Helen Hardin is displayed at the Heard Museum.

Special to the Times | Nick Wicksman
“Deerslayer’s Dream,” a 1981 piece by Helen Hardin is displayed at the Heard Museum.

“Unlike her mother…Hardin chose to interpret images of ancient pottery and rock art designs into contemporary, abstracted, highly individualized compositions,” a statement from the museum said.

The Hardin exhibit, according to a press release from the museum, is just the first of three installments aimed at showcasing Hardin and her family’s artistic work.

“It’s a wonderful tribute to that family,” Janet Cantley, a curator for The Heard Museum, said.


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