Eiteljorg Musuem Blog

New Art 2.0 | Lillian Pitt

by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Dec 17, 2014

New Art 2.0 is an exhibition of prints, many created by Eiteljorg Fellows and contemporary Native and Non Native artists. It is a blend of “op art,” landscape, political and environmental statements as well as portraiture. Approximately 90 limited edition prints will be on exhibit and available for sale with prices ranging between about $500 - $4000.  New Art 2.0 closes Feb. 8, 2015. 
Echoes from the ancient past
Echoes From the Ancient Past, 2013
Monotype, edition 1/1
15 x 20 inches

Long regarded as one of the Northwest’s most beloved contemporary Native American artists, Lillian Pitt (Wasco/Yakama/Warm Springs) grew up on the Warm Springs Reservation in central Oregon. Her mother’s Wasco family lived near now-submerged Celilo Falls, and her father’s Yakima relatives lived across the river near the pictograph of Tsaglaglal, or She-Who-Watches.

Pitt, who became an artist in her mid-30s, began with mask making. She became interested in, and gained expertise, in Japanese raku and anagama firing methods. The pictographs, petroglyphs, and legends of her ancestors are the foundation of her visual language. Pitt works in several media, including bronze, glass, and prints.

Ancestors, 2006
Monotype, edition 1/1
15 x 20 inches

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