Rooftop Maiden

by Randy Galloway


One distinctive tribal hairstyle for young women was the elaborate squash blossom or butterfly whorls worn by Hopi maidens. To make this hairdo, a young woman’s mother would wind her hair around a curved piece of wood to give it a round shape, then remove the wood frame. Only unmarried young women wore this complex hairstyle. Adolescent Hopi girls wore their hair in the traditional squash blossom whirl hairstyle to signify their maturity and readiness for marriage. To accentuate the hairstyle and the emotional self discovery of a teenager, I have this Hopi maiden perched on a Pueblo rooftop floating in the air atop a pole ladder in thoughtful repose. Her dog waits for her at the bottom of the ladder and some chickens run around freely, all typical of reservation life and symbolic of relationships, love and reproduction. This photo is of the clay sculpture as it was delivered to the foundry to be cast in bronze. The finished piece will have a unique patina and be mounted on a wooden base. 18″ tall with a 10″ base. Edition of 24. Available to order now with delivery in approximately 10 weeks.

    Randy Galloway

    Randy Galloway


    Cave Creek, AZ

    "Like all true artists, my inspiration has been the defining factor in my work. As I often say, “The West is my inspiration. . . every cloud, every critter, every colorful character.” Anyone that has visited my studio, named Twisted Fire Studio, can see this inspiration on every wall and every square inch of space. “Fire is so often related to passion and my passion is art. Twisted Fire comes from the many directions art has taken my life and now I am creating art that is close to my heart . . .my passion.” Born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, raised in Albuquerque, and spending 40 years in Arizona, I have spent my life in the Southwest, surrounded by the inspiration that drives my passion. I draw, paint and sculpt characters and scenes from the Old West in what I term romantic realism. I like to tell stories through my art and the characters that I portray. Most of my reference material is from photo shoots while traveling around the country researching Native Americans of the Great Plains and the Pueblos of the Southwest. Their spirit lives within me and is passed on through chalk, paint and clay. "

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Weight 12 lbs
Dimensions 18 × 10 × 10 in

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