A wall sculpture created by Chickasaw artist and Oklahoma native, Paul Moore, is now on permanent display in the Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center in Davis. The original piece, titled ‘Dreams of Home,’ is an abstract sculpture created from multiple layers of circular disk pieces done in glass, wood and water-jet cut steel. It spans 15 feet and is displayed behind the center’s welcome desk.
“The piece comes from my daydreams of being back in Oklahoma and my wish to travel the southeast homelands. When I think of being back in Oklahoma, my wish is to walk along the Pennington Creek where I fished with my cousin as a child and to travel farther east along the rivers in our traditional homelands,” said Moore.
The artwork includes shades of blue and green glass, which represent a rippling river and green riverside. The multiple layers are designed to reflect light and cast a variety of hues and shadows throughout the building.
Moore is a full-time artist and on the faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. He received his B.F.A. from IAIA in 2006. He has won awards in photography, graphic design and has created numerous paintings, sculpture and jewelry for private collections in the United States and Canada. He is currently working on a piece for display in the Chickasaw Nation Visitor Center in Sulphur.
In addition, the Welcome Center is currently displaying original pieces of artwork from local, Oklahoma native artists. Chickasaw artist Tracie Tuck-Davis, is the third emerging artist featured at the center. She hails from Lawton, Okla. and is a fourth-generation Oklahoman.
Most recently Davis has participated in the Red Earth festival and Museum of the Great Plains. She served as president of the Lawton Fort Sill Arts Council in 2011 and 2012, and received “Arts for All” Volunteer of the Year award in 2011.
Davis creates contemporary paintings and artwork with inspiration from research, history and ancient images. Symbols and stories found on pottery, breastplates and other native artifacts are highlighted within her art. Davis’ art crosses a range of mediums and includes painting, sculpture, weaving and print making. Visitors can see her work at the Welcome Center through October 31.
The Welcome Center is located at the southwest corner of exit 55 on I-35. Nearly 29,000 cars per day travel through the intersection. It opened in November with amenities that include a lounge area, vending machines, an outdoor children’s playground and a dog park. Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information about the center call (580) 369-4222 or visit Chickasaw Country’s website at ChickasawCountry.com.