Scottsdale artist Sandi Ciaramitaro unveils two new bronzes

Arizona artist Sandi Ciaramitaro recently unveiled two new bronzes as part of her ongoing With Respect series.

Good Thoughts: Canyon de Chelly and Peaceful Little Ones: Hopi Boy, Baby Antelope & Wolf Pup both capture simple but poignant moments in the lives of Native American communities past and present, according to a press release.

(Submitted photo)

Good Thoughts: Canyon de Chelly (Submitted photo)

Good Thoughts: Canyon de Chelly materialized during a plein-air painting trip the artist took to the ancient Native American landmark in northern Arizona. While exploring the area, Ms. Ciaramitaro was introduced to her Navajo guide’s grandmother, who regaled the artist and her husband with stories of her life and people.

“The moment I met her I wanted to paint her,” stated Ms. Ciaramitaro in the release. “But after getting to know her and hearing her story, I knew she had to be a bronze.”

The resulting bas-relief sculpture presents an instant frozen in time as the woman revels in the pure joy of life, stated the release.

“I asked her if it would be appropriate to bronze her with her laughing smile,” stated Ms. Ciaramitaro in the release. “She answered yes, but only if she is thinking good thoughts.”

The piece indeed emanates positive energy, from the subject’s broad smile and expressive eyes, and also from her dynamic, hard-working hands, the release stated.

Good Thoughts features Ms. Ciaramitaro’s signature bold pigments, which highlight the woman’s native garb, as well as her prized peach blossoms—set on a tree she planted from seed as a child. The piece incorporates three-dimensional elements as well, including turquoise earrings and a ring that were created by a Native American silversmith, according to the release.

These historically accurate pieces mirror the jewelry worn by the subject, and are removable and wearable, the release stated. Good Thoughts is 14” x 20” and was produced as a limited edition of six; three are still available.

Based on a historic photograph from the collection of the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Peaceful Little Ones: Hopi Boy, Baby Antelope & Wolf Pup depicts an innocent and unanticipated camaraderie among species, according to the release. The original scene, shot in 1920, captures a serendipitous moment in which young predators and prey coexist peacefully, sharing the simple pleasures of food and companionship.

Ms. Ciaramitaro’s three-dimensional interpretation of the scene evokes a calm presence. The quietly animated figures are connected by their

Peaceful Little Ones: Hopi Boy, Baby Antelope & Wolf Pup (Submitted photo)

Peaceful Little Ones: Hopi Boy, Baby Antelope & Wolf Pup (Submitted photo)

respective gazes toward the center of the space, where the boy extends a soft hand, effectively bridging the gap between human and animal.

Ms. Ciaramitaro has rendered each figure in painstaking detail, from the boy’s loosely tied shoes and billowy shirt to the slightly opened mouths of the animals as they await a morsel. Perhaps most striking is the intangible feeling of intimacy among the figures.

“I wanted to relay the feeling, the emotion of each player in the piece,” stated Ms. Ciaramitaro. Peaceful Little Ones is 43” x 50” x 36” and is available as a limited edition of 10. A 16” bronze maquette is also available as an edition of 25.

Ms. Ciaramitaro has embarked on a journey to visually explore and preserve the rich indigenous culture in the region where she lives and works. With these bronzes, she continues her quest to honor the history of the American Southwest and its native peoples, stated the release.

“I don’t just create my artwork for today, I create it for tomorrow,” stated Ms. Ciaramitaro in the release.

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