Kathleen Wall Koshare With Watermelon


Item Number: DR 2238
Pueblo: Jemez Pueblo
Artist: Kathleen Wall
Medium: Clay, slip, vegetal paints, corn husks, and cloth
Age: 2000
Dimensions: 8 ½” high (on the stand) by 5 ½” wide


SKU: DR 2238 Categories: , ,


This is a joyful portrayal of a Koshare clown and its watermelon! It sits on a sandstone stand with a huge smile on its face. There are two additional slices of yummy watermelon leaning against the slab of stone. Please note that the base and watermelon slices are not attached to the figure.

Kathleen has developed a whimsical style of figurative forms, such as her Koshare (clowns), whose smiling faces reflect her joy as an artist.  The Koshare are comically depicted performing daily activities such as dancing, making music – and eating watermelon.  Kathleen says the whimsical Koshare figures with happy joyful faces have become her signature pieces.

In order for a clown to perform meaningful social commentary via humor, the clown’s identity must usually be concealed. The sacred clowns of the Pueblo people, however, do not employ masks but rely on body paint and head dresses.  These individuals present themselves with horizontal stripes painted on their bodies and faces, and part their hair in the center and bind it in two bunches which stand upright on each side of the head and are trimmed with corn husks.

Kathleen learned to make pottery from her mother and made her first storyteller when she was eight years old.  In addition, she studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.  She has also been awarded the New Mexico Governor’s Award for the Arts (2021) and has been a MIAC Living Treasure. She continues to be one of the young Pueblo innovators in clay.

Condition: Excellent – original.
Provenance: Acquired from a private collector.

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