SANTA FE, N.M. — Chiaroscuro Contemporary has conjured a figurative response to the times in its annual contemporary Native arts exhibit.
Neal Ambrose-Smith, Rose B. Simpson and Duane Slick each put brush to surface and fingers to clay to reflect life in a pandemic nation. The show runs through Sept. 5 at chiaroscurosantafe.com and in the Santa Fe gallery at 558 Canyon Road.
Corrales painter Ambrose-Smith (Flathead Salish, Metis, Cree) embellished his work with text above Native American faces. Slick (Meskwaki/Ho-Chunk Nations) painted coyote masks to hide identities and protect the wearer. Santa Clara Pueblo artist Simpson produced dramatic figurative sculptures in ceramics, steel and leather.