Narrative Textures, a 4-day workshop with Anita Fields

  • 27 Jun 2018
  • 1:00 PM
  • 01 Jul 2018
  • 12:00 PM
  • Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
  • 12


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Anita Fields and NMPCA at Ghost Ranch, 2018Anita Fields, Narrative Textures

June 27 - July 1st, 2018

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NMPCA-sponsored workshop at Ghost Ranch

Join us for a 4-day inspiring hands-on workshop presentation by Native-American contemporary artist, Anita Fields, whose work spans contemporary methods and Osage thought.  

About the Workshop

Participants will create works based on personal stories, memories, and experiences. Based on this premise, we will look at ways to create figures and other forms inspired by our personal narratives. Attention will be given to building surface qualities; how to create textures with simple stamps, found objects, and thick applications of slips. Concentration of time will be spent building work with demonstrations and guidance from Anita.  Bisque firing possible for some works.

Those attending the workshop can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of Ghost Ranch by selecting a ranch housing choice or make arrangements in the Abiquiu, NM community.  Ranch dining hall serves convenient meals just 300 yards from the ceramic workshop, where many tastes and diets can be accommodated.  Rooms at ranch range from $45 to $150/day/person.  A meal packet costs $180 for the entire workshop.  The workshop registration is $475 for NMPCA members and $500 for non-members.  

Anita Describes Her Ceramic Work

"I use clay to transform my emotions, concepts, and inspirations into narrative expressive forms. The basic tenants of my Osage culture and its’ philosophies influence and inform my ideas. Osage worldview is based on the division of the earth and sky; it represents the order, balance, and duality found in life, nature, and the universe. I use this as metaphor in my work and base numerous pieces on the premise of these beliefs. Within this context and my experiences, I find the creative impulse to construct male and female figures, landscapes, articles of clothing, and other earthen shapes."

"On small bits of torn clay, I create repetitive textures by impressing objects that are meaningful to me. The fragments are layered onto sculpted clay forms, creating depth, design, and dimension. The objects used for impressions are varied and can be as simple as twigs, a favorite pair of earrings, ribbon work patterns from our traditional clothing, or imprints from a beaded purse."

About Anita Fields

Born in Oklahoma, Native American artist Anita Fields creates works of clay and textile that reflect the worldview of her Osage culture. Her work represents the disruption of balance found within the earth and our lives, and more broadly, early Osage notions of duality, such as earth and sky, male and female.

Fields’ sculptures were exhibited in “Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation” in New York City. Her work was featured in the 8th Native American Fine Art Invitational at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Her work was also included in “Who Stole the Teepee?,” National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian, New York, and the “Legacy of the Generations: Pottery by American Indian Women,” National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Fields has been awarded numerous residencies, including the Eitelljorg Museum’s RARE program and the Andy Warhol Fine Arts Residency at the Heard Museum. Fields was one of 47 Native American delegates funded by the Kellogg

Foundation and the Institute of American Indian Arts, to travel to South Africa for “The Answers Lie Within.” Fields is a 2017 fellow for the Kaiser Tulsa Artist Fellowship.

Fields’ work has been published in Southwest Art magazine, American Craft, Ms. Magazine, American Style and Native Peoples. Her work can be found in several collections, such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas, and the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.

To see additional work by Anita, visit her husband's and her website at

For additional information about Ghost Ranch accommodations and meal service, what to expect at the ranch, as well as information about alternatives to staying on the Ranch, please visit our Ghost Ranch information page.

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