Fields' (Osage/Muscogee/Cherokee) acrylic on canvas painting
"Renewal" is featured in the exhibit "Fluent Generations:
The Art of Anita, Tom and Yatika Fields" at the Sam Noble
Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Image provided
NORMAN A family of accomplished Native American artists
will showcase their works of photography, ceramics and paintings,
celebrating the vitality of indigenous cultures, in the newest exhibit
to be unveiled this month at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural
History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave.
In "Fluent Generations: The Art of Anita, Tom and Yatika Fields,"
Anita Fields (Osage), along with husband Tom Fields (Muscogee, Cherokee)
and son Yatika Starr Fields (Osage, Muscogee, Cherokee), come together
for the first time ever to illustrate their creativity and passion
under one roof, with works that bring their cultural heritage to
life inside the Sam Noble Museum.
"Fluent Generations," will be located in the museum's first-floor
Fred and Enid Brown gallery, is sponsored by Fowler Automotive and
Jones PR Inc. and on display Saturday through May 6. The exhibit
features a number of never-before-seen pieces of artwork by the
Tulsa-based family, whose works have been exhibited nationally and
internationally, according to a news releas.e
The exhibit also features loans from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum
of Art, Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, the Arkansas Heritage
Museum, private collections and the artists' own collections.
Museum visitors will get the opportunity to not only develop
a keen appreciation for the work of the Fields family, but a deeper
appreciation for the impact of family a building block of
all cultures and communities around the world, said Dan Swan, exhibit
curator and curator of ethnology at the Sam Noble Museum.
"I want our visitors to know the Fields family as people, and
as a family," Swan said in a statement. "And secondarily, I want
them to develop a keen appreciation for their work. The whole key
to this show is family, the impact that the family environment has,
that all cultures and all communities are comprised of families
as a building block for the social fabric of our lives. I think
we need to do a better job of highlighting and celebrating successful
families and not just in an aesthetic or career way, but in a holistic
manner. I think the Fields family is a great place to start that."
The Fields family has showcased their artwork separately throughout
the state, but never before in one gallery. On display at the Sam
Noble Museum will be Anita Fields' works of clay and textile that
reflect the worldview of her Osage culture and represent the disruption
of balance found within the earth and our lives, and more broadly,
early Osage notions of duality, such as earth and sky, male and
"The basic tenants of my Osage culture and its philosophies
influence and inform my ideas," she said in a statement. "Osage
worldview is based on the division of the earth and sky; it represents
the order, balance and duality found in life, nature and the universe.
I use this as metaphor in my work and base numerous pieces on the
premise of these beliefs."
Tom Fields, who recently retired after 32 years working as a
photojournalist, videographer and website developer for the Oklahoma
Department of Career and Technical Education, focuses his camera
lens on what's close to him, physically and spiritually.
"To accurately portray Native people, one must understand the
soul of what makes us persevere," he said in a statement. "It's
being able to experience the depth of our culture, which is more
than just artifacts, art or dance; it's the everyday movements of
life, such as the dinners, adoptions, namings, births, graduations
and spiritual ceremonies."
Yatika Starr Fields, a successful street and gallery artist,
will showcase his talents during multiple sessions as he paints
a large mural in real time in the "Fluent Generations" exhibit space.
A guiding motivation in his work is the search for freedom.
"The objects and forms (in my work) represent the past and present
from my perspective as a member of the Osage, Cherokee and Creek
Nations of Oklahoma, surrounded by beautiful colors and patterns
joined by rhythm and dance from tradition," he said in a statement.
"Fast-paced cities and humble highways of the plains are defined
by a historical layering of cultures, art and creativity that I
seek to portray."
The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is located
on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus at J. Willis Stovall
Road and Chautauqua Avenue. For more information, SamNobleMuseum.ou.edu.