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Whitney Western Art Museum

Makers
Howell-Sickles, Donna 2
Descriptions
mixed media on paper 8
Names
Painting 860
Subjects
cowgirl 23
Date:
1993
Dimensions:
H: 44.5 in, width: 30 in, Frame height: 55 in, Frame width: 40.75 in
Title:
A Matter of Choice
Credit Line:
William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1993 Buffalo Bill Art Show
Gloss:
Texas artist Donna Howell-Sickles began portraying cowgirls when a friend gave her an old postcard of a waving cowgirl with a caption reading "Greetings from a real cowgirl of the old Southwest." Howell-Sickles became interested in the combination of "real" cowgirls and the fake, glamourized image. "The cowgirl has become my icon for woman in general . . ." the artist has said.
Inscription:
llc, in script: Donna Howell Sickles c (in a circle) 93
Remarks:
The painting features a cowgirl and has representations of the phases of the moon and a feather. According to the artist, the feather is a reference to the Egyptian deity, Maat. After death your heart is weighed against her pure white feather. If they balance, you are all right. If your heart is heavier, you still have work to do. The artist placed a mythological reference with her contemporary cowgirl, noting that all of us were at one time looking for someone pure of heart.
Accession Number:
14.93

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