Artists Anita Fields and Molly Murphy Adams

Artists Anita Fields and Molly Murphy Adams visit 108 Contemporary where their work is on display.

Seeking some art as the weather gets cooler? Make sure to visit 108 Contemporary, 108 E. Reconciliation Way, before the end of the month to see “The Space Between,” an exhibition from Anita Fields (Osage) and Molly Murphy Adams (Oglala Lakota).

Fields is a 2021-22 Tulsa Artist Fellow, and Murphy Adams was a Fellow from 2019-20. Each works in multiple mediums. Where Fields creates sculptures with clay and textiles, Murphy Adams does beadwork, printmaking and embroidery. The artists have been in group exhibitions together before, but this is their first direct collaboration — the outcome is a rich crossroads of pattern and narrative.

When asked how patrons might deepen their experience and understanding of the art, Fields says, “I would have viewers take a deep dive into the history of how Oklahoma began.” 

“If at any point you have that feeling of unease, that this isn’t what you expect, pause and ask where that feeling comes from,” Murphy Adams adds. 

Both artists draw inspiration from their own Native heritage, and while this is important to their output, it isn’t the only framework through which their art should be considered. 

“I think of it as the continuum in a way of being as a Native woman, the continuum of an aesthetic that I am familiar with and that informs my artistic decisions,” Fields says. 

The exhibition runs through Nov. 21, with an artist talk from Fields at 7 p.m., Nov. 11.

 

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Ethan Veenker is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He will graduate from the University of Tulsa in May 2020 with two degrees in English and creative writing. When not writing or reading, he likes to drum. This annoys his neighbors.

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