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S. Ruth Cuthand

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      JULY/AUGUST 1988      INDIAN ART SUPPLEMENT p07  
S. Ruth Cuthand
S. Ruth Cuthand
He Promised Me Santa Fe
"He Promised Me Santa Fe"
1988
Acrylic on Canvas
56" x 68"

Born 1954 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
Received B.F.A. from the University of Saskatchewan, 1983.
Studied at the University of Montana in the M.F.A. program in 1985.

I have been working on a series of shirt/dress images since 1983. The shirts/dresses have their historical roots in the Ghost Dance Religion of the late 1800's. Over the years the images have evolved into clothing of the soul. The image is used to visualize the great mystery of life within each of us. In 1985, while studying in Montana, I began working with sewn canvases. The sewn edge and the movement of the loose canvas reinforces the dress imagery.

He Promised Me Santa Fe is about hopes and dreams. The Southwest has always held a fascination for me. We all have fantasies of the best place to be where all our cares will vanish. Santa Fe is the place where I will be far from winter and won't have to stuff children into snow suits. It is also good to have someone to dream with.