John Soderberg

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Wovoka
Wovoka
Wovoka
29" H, Edition of 36
 
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Wovoka

In retrospect...

"That learning time that I sculpted Wovoka will always be one of my most significant memories, and one of the most profound learning experiences of my life. Those lessons I learned have shaped and influenced every piece of art I've done since. The sculpting process spanned nearly two years, and this piece took me from starving artist to successful selling professional.

"Wovoka started out as a young warrior, but I cut off his face and started over nine times, until he literally evolved into an older introspective man. With this piece I invented and first experimented with my style of fragmentation. I first used a certain impressionistic approach to texture and developed the use of s-curves and spirals in composition".

A bit of Wovoka history

Wovoka, a Paiute Medicine Man, or Shaman, was extremely influential among the Plains Indians. Around the mid-1800s, he successfully predicted a solar eclipse and created the Ghost Dance as a means of peacefully strengthening tribal members by forging a link and bond to their ancestors. Years later, Sitting Bull used the Ghost Dance as a means of rebellion against reservation brutalities. But Wovoka's Ghost Dance was peacefully spiritual. Plains Indians would journey for miles to hear him speak. Wovoka epitomized the introspection, strength and wisdom of the old American West.