LOCAL ART SEEN

Native Artist Leah Yellowbird’s Stunning Work at the AICHO

An uncommon visionary with noteworthy results.

The work Leah Yellowbird has been producing now defies easy categorization other than to say it is remarkable. The sad part of language is that in our super-hype culture words like “awesome” and other superlatives have been watered down from overuse. Yes, I am guilty of using similar language at times, in an effort to convey how distinctive something is. In Leah Yellowbird’s case, the words aren’t big enough, expressive enough to convey the power one sees and feels here.

In 2018 I attended the opening reception for her show DIMENSIONS. Her technical explorations have led her into more 3-D constructions and decorative marvels. Her American flag is one of the most striking new pieces. I share three photos here from various angles so as to help convey the whole of it properly. I can’t recall ever having seen anything like it.

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The detail in Leah Yellowbird’s paintings is impressive.
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Here are a number of images from the Dimensions show, some of them showing a close-up detail to help you appreciate the work involved. At the end of this page is a link to my interview with Leah from a couple years ago. She is an artist whom I will continue to watch, a true innovator.

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Tabletop design.
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Moose ear detail.

Ms. Yellowbird’s work — originals and reproductions — can be seen at Indigenous First Art & Gift Shop in the AICHO Building on Second Street in Duluth — once the coronavirus lockdown is over. In the meantime, visit their newly launch Online Store at https://www.indigenousfirst.org/shop-1

Meantime, art goes on all around you. Get into it.

An avid reader who writes about arts, culture, literature & other life obsessions. @ennyman3 Look for my books on Amazon https://tinyurl.com/y3l9sfpj

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