Once again, a commissioned piece has taken me back into the world of little known creatures. This piece, “Beaded Lace”, presents one of our southwestern deserts’ lesser known inhabitants, the Gila Monster (pronounced HeeLa). One of only two venomous lizards in the entire world (the other being its cousin, the Mexican Beaded Lizard), it leads a mostly slow moving lifestyle (though it can move quite quickly if disturbed). Living in the brutal conditions of the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan deserts, our largest U.S. lizard (up to 24” long) spends up to 95% of its 20 to 35 year lifespan resting in cool moist underground burrows, escaping the heat above. Living in the brutal conditions of the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan deserts, our largest U.S. lizard (up to 24” long) spends up to 95% of its 20 to 35 year lifespan resting in cool moist underground burrows, escaping the heat above. Count yourself lucky if you get to observe one! Gila Monster status: Threatened throughout its habitat, Endangered in the state of Arizona.
“Beaded Lace” – Reticulated Gila Monster on Cholla Cactus skeleton was originally commissioned to be part of the Native American Navajo Village for Na Aina Kai Sculpture and Botanical Gardens in Kauai, Hawaii. Intrigued with the unique beaded texture of this sculpture, this piece caused quite a stir at the 2013 Loveland, Colorado “Sculpture In The Park” show, with people constantly asking to touch it! Something you wouldn’t want to do in “real life”, as this lizard is venomous, and when they bite, they don’t let go!
This piece, “Beaded Lace”, was selected for the 2012 “Artists For Conservation” Annual Show, “The Art of Conservation” in Vancouver, British Columbia. It also traveled with the Artists For Conservation Foundation’s touring show to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona. It was then selected for the 2012 American Women Artists show, “Visions of the Southwest“, which also opened at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona.
* * “Beaded Lace” was chosen for the 2014 New Mexico’s “Art In Public Places” program, and purchased by the Port of Entry, Lordsburg, New Mexico for public art display.