Related Objects
Current Location:
Print and Drawing Cabinet -> PDC Shelf 1
Location Notes:
PDC; Section 1; Shelf A

Navajo Totem

Artwork
Identifier:
2002.91.1
Artist:
Jeff Colby
Credit:
Gift of The Colby Foundation
Medium:
Latex Paint on Found Wood
Date:
1982
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 45 in Width: 39 in Depth: 2 in
Note: approximate
Description:
Yellow painted plywood board with "arms/wings" that is reminiscent of a flat totem pole.
Historical Context:
Jeff Colby has used mixed media and collage to create art on the theme of his own personal and emotional struggle. He united in his work with hope and horror, beauty and tragedy and the curiosity of life. Since his diagnosis of HIV in the 1990s, Colby's work has tended to be more emotional and physical because of the turmoil brought about by his illness. Colby died shortly after his major exposition at the Chicago Cultural Center in 1996.