A random survey of self-portraits created by women through the centuries
American Gothic, 2012 / Wallhanging: wood, stoneware, adobe, goose feather / Penn Museum, Philadelphia, PA
“American Gothic is about the personal relationship with the masculine and feminine parts of myself.”
The Red Mean: Self Portrait, 1992 / Acrylic, newspaper collage, shellac, and mixed media on canvas
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Christine Nofchissey McHorse (December 21, 1948-February 17, 2021) was a Navajo ceramic artist who continually experimented with designs, materials, and firing techniques.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_McHorse
Spine by Christine McHorse
2010 / Micaceous clay / 27-1/4″ high / Christine Nofchissey McHorse Estate
Christine McHorse on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/christine-mchorse/
“The clay’s the thing: sculptor Christine Nofchissey McHorse”: https://bit.ly/3IQPXI9
Maria Margarita “Margaret” Tafoya (August 13, 1904-February 25, 2001) was the matriarch of Santa Clara Pueblo potters. Santa Clara Pueblo is famous for producing hand-crafted pottery, specifically blackware and redware with deep engravings.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Tafoya
Olla (Water Jar) by Margaret Tafoya
c.1940-1970 / Clay / 5″x5″ / Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
Margaret Tafoya on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/margaret-tafoya/
Helen Hardin (May 28, 1943-June 9, 1984) was a painter and printmaker whose work featured abstracted Native American iconography. Her mother was painter Pablita Velarde (1918-2006) and her daughter was the artist Margarete Bagshaw (1964-2015).
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Hardin
Medicine Woman by Helen Hardin
c.1981 / 4-color copper plate lithograph / 24″x18″ / Various private collections
Helen Hardin on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/helen-hardin/
Mary Kawennatakie Adams (January 24, 1917-May 23, 1999)
was a Mohawk First Nations textile artist and basket maker.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipediam.org/wiki/Mary_Kawennatakie_Adams
Wedding Cake Basket by Mary Kawennatakie Adams
1986 / Woven sweetgrass and ash splint / 25 1⁄2″x15 3⁄4″ / Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC
1941 / Gouache on paper / 22″x16″
Elkus Collection, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA