Artist: Summer Wheat
Piggy Bank and Stars, 2019
Porcelain, decals, and luster
6.5” x 5.75” x 7.5”
Born in Oklahoma City, Summer Wheat's understanding of institutional art is centered on Native American traditions of art production, focusing special attention on the connection between human and animal behavior respective to their environment. Rather than making quaint the lives of those who struggle, Wheat dignifies her subjects and decidedly refutes the gender specific representations found in various cultures through history by swapping women into the traditional roles of men. Her figurative scenes aggrandize the invisible work of women by focusing on both their experience and their craft.
Wheat’s practice deftly flattens hierarchies between the fine and domestic arts and crafts, embracing the intuition of felt experience as rival to conventional reason and logic. Inserting swaths of gold leaf and jeweled embellishments, Wheat meticulously makes the mundane regal and monumental.
Summer Wheat's painting and sculpture were featured in her solo exhibition at Wasserman Projects in the fall of 2019.