- Joy Harjo, from Conflict Resolution For Holy Beings, W.W. Norton, New York: 2015
The place of the occupational self portrait in the history of painting stretches back more than five centuries. Catharina van Hemessen at her easel, painted in 1548, may be the first self portrait by an artist. A painter of the Flemish Renaissance, van Hemessen was born in Antwerp
Ruby Sky Stiler joins the estimable company of such painters as Judith Leyster, Sofonisba Anguissola, and Elisabeth Vigge le brun. Self Portrait with Blue Palette demonstrates the artist's familiarity with both ancient and modern techniques, making for a stimulating blend of Native American pottery and weaving with flattening elements borrowed from cubism. I even detect hints of the black and white chairs designed by Koloman Moser for the Purkersdorf Sanitorium in 1903. You can have fun with Ruby Sky Stiler's work, spotting various combinations of elements.
Born in Portland, Maine in 1979 Ruby Sky Stiler studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of Art at Yale University. She lives in New York City.
November is Native American Heritage Month.
For further reading:
Everything You Think you Know About Indians Is Wrong by Paul Chait Smith University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis: 2009
We Had A Little Real Estate Problem by Klipf Nesteroff, Simon & Schuster, New York: 2021.
Image: Ruby Sky Stiler - Self Portrait with Blue Palette - 2018, acrylic paint, acrylic resin, paper, glue, graphite on panel, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, NYC.