This collaborative outdoor sculpture created by artist team Kasia Polkowska and Kyle Cunniff will be displayed for the year starting on June 14, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After that, it will be permanently installed at Mystic Valley Sculpture Park in Mosca, Colorado near the Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Chipeta-Mai, a stained glass mosaic sculpture, 48"x24", 2018 by Kasia Polkowska and Kyle Cunniff (photographed in the San Luis Valley in front of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado)
Chipeta-Mai is a
cross-cultural matryoshka doll. Historically, the first Matryoshka Doll
was made in Russia and has since become a symbol in Eastern European
Culture where Kasia was born.
This doll was sculpted by hand by Kyle who
worked to inspire the nostalgia one often feels when laying eyes on the
form of a nesting doll. The doll is adorned in a bright, colorful, hand
cut stained glass mosaic pattern created by Kasia.
To give her a sense
of place, she was named to honor the people who's ancestral land we
inhabit, focusing on Colorado where the artist team lives. Chipeta
was a famous Ute woman known for diplomacy while Mai (Navajo for bright
flower) was added to the end of her name for the flower she bears on
her belly as many traditional matryoshkas do.
The warm southwestern
colors of the doll further reflect the state where she was realized. The
bright orange that wraps around her belly mirrors the sedimentary beds
of deep-red and pink sandstone seen jutting out of the soil along the
front range of Colorado.
Her headscarf was inspired by the bright blue
sky that's so often filled with sunshine and hangs high above the
This doll is a modern artifact emulating the artists'
interest in the landscape they inhabit as well as the people that roamed
that land long before them.