Soft Sculptures by Peter Ray James
- About the Artist
Soft horse and bear sculptures handsewn and hand painted by Navajo artist Peter Ray James. Each horse is sewn with a red ribbon for hanging. Each bear is sewn with black string.
Horses: about 6.5" x 5.75"
Bears: about 3.5" x 2.5"
Peter Ray James is a Navajo artist who graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 1984 and attended the Parsons School of Design.
"The powerful reason I create art is that my finger prints have become ageless through enduring generations. My great grandfathers and grandmothers were in a transitional movement as I am now in this society. In my Navajo language there is a word called “linaah,” which describes the path of life. It is a journey that braids several generations into one symbol and thought. I believe this process is powerful and sincere. In this mist of this transition there is no separation of art and life. The Creator has given all of us one breath and one soul. We receive our own symbols through prayers and giving. In return, the Creator encourages us to share our messages through stories in color.
My Navajo name is “NAHATA TITH YIL WOOD.” In English, it is roughly translated “One Who delivers the Message.” I exist in the Creator’s womb where the roof is Father Sky and the floor is Mother Earth. In this life corn pollen, tobacco, and cedar are plentiful. It is also here that my art and life commence daily with all the Holy People and deities.
I am a human being with so much information about my culture that one art medium is not enough to translate my messages. All I know is that our Creator blesses me in a very talented way.
In beauty may you enrich your life and your family. Keep alive your family tradition and make it spiritual. Give to all people you can, with that comes fruitfulness. Thank you."