Much of western art from the 19th and 20th centuries portrays the American West in a romantic and idealized style, often glossing over the harsh conditions of life. “Home Sweet Home” is an effort to frame the Native American woman in a realistic setting. Her lodge reflects the rough reality of outdoor living – no paradise, little comfort and the bare minimum shelter to survive in an unfriendly environment. The small size emphasizes the central theme – life is hard.
Gone is the romance. Remaining is the reality of a hard life.
Her pose shows her braced against the harsh cold. She is somber, almost fearful.
She might be waiting for the return of her husband, gone too long, on a hunt, a raid, or a vision quest. She may be wondering when she will eat again or when a son or daughter will return.
What do you think is happening when you look at her somber expression? Do her eyes mirror the actuality of her life?
by Gale F. Trapp, 2012
Acrylic on hardboard, 5×9″
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