You’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s Arts Review program. Lillian Pitt is a well-known Native American artist who has a show, “Gifts of My Ancestors” currently at the White Lotus Gallery. Viz City asked her about where she finds the soul of her art.
LILLIAN "Oh, you know, I was born in Warm Springs Confederated Tribes. My great, great grandmother lived in the village below the watchful gaze of “She Who Watches,” Tsagaglal, and that’s an over 10,00 year petroglyph, and the rock paintings, the petroglyphs, and the basket designs of my people, and the beaded bag designs, all have been my source of inspiration."
Terry In the gallery, you can see that Lillian has translated the iconic face of “She Who Watches into many mediums, including a bronze on the wall on your right as you come in, as well as into lead crystal in a glass sculpture that changes color as the ambient light shifts.
Lillian says about “She Who Watches”:
LILLIAN "Since she overlooks the village where my great-great grandmother lived--I never knew that until I was in my mid-thirties--so it gave me a… strong sense of identity, and a purpose, a purpose to do my work and my purpose to let people know we’re still here, we’re still working, we’re thriving. And I thought How can I do this, and I thought, well, I can do this by doing artwork."
NARRATOR: See “Gifts of My Ancestors,” at the White Lotus Gallery, located at 767 Willamette Street in Eugene through December 19. Learn more and see images of Lillian Pitt and her work at the Viz City blog on KLCC.org.
Viz City is co-produced by Terry Way and Sandy Brown Jensen.