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(Santa Clara Pueblo, b. 1983)
Color lithograph (diptych)
Sheet: 45.7 x 116.4 cm (18 x 45 13/16 in.)
Anne Elizabeth Wilson Memorial Fund 2023.14.b
The black-on-black pottery technique represented on this car was invented at San Ildefonso Pueblo around 1920 by the famed potter Maria Martinez and her husband Julian.
Multi-media artist Rose B Simpson restored and customized a 1985 Chevy El Camino as an homage to the lowrider culture of her home, Santa Clara Pueblo, during her training at the Northern New Mexico College Automotive Science program. Incorporating the classic black-on-black technique of San Ildefonso pottery across the car’s finish, she named the car Maria after the famed San Ildefonso Pueblo potter and inventor of the technique, Maria Martinez (1887-1980). Since then, Simpson has used the car in performance; she also created this printed
diptych, which captures both sides of the black automotive sculpture, carefully hand-drawn by Simpson on a lithographic plate.