Cactus Gallery LA
38 EL APACHE (Apache) / The Crown Dancer by artist Holly Wood
Acrylic gouache on panel, 9 x 12"
Also shown here is the original Don Clemente Gallo card for EL APACHE.
The riddle associated with this image: ¡Ah, Chihuahua! Cuánto apache con pantalón y huarache.
Ah, Chihuahua! So many Apaches with pants and sandals.
For this special piece, Holly decided to concentrate on the color, shapes and movement of ceremonial Apache dances, and also the texture of the old painted wooden headdresses that she'd seen many seasons of dancing in the sun.
The way they use polished metal buttons was a simple, clever way to become the eyes of a Spiritual Being. Holly made the real eyes of the real man under the costume look directly at you.