"That is the way of my culture – the strength and wisdom of being matriarchal. Working together to celebrate our blessings, and we share our world."
Kim Seyesnem Obrzut is an award winning American Indian woman artist who has carved a respectable niche out of the Southwest art scene. Her grandfather, a Hopi Kachina doll carver, was instrumental in preparing Kim for her journey into the artist world.
She resides in the peaceful pines of Flagstaff, Arizona, with her three daughters, who are inspirations in her art. In her own words, "my work is very contemporary but my sculptures are steeped in spiritual and symbolic intent. I talk with my hands, the clay becomes my inner voice. The forms, the design, all of it is given to me. My work is totally orignal."
Kim has been casting bronze for over 21 years and continues to enamor her collectors and the Southwest art scene with her latest designs, including Eagle Wing. Kim is one of the first Hopis to work in bronze as an Art Medium and one of the first American Indian Women to work in bronze, which is historically a male dominated field of Art.
Kim started her art career as a child finding rocks in the washes in Arizona and painting figures, which her family still keeps today. She started sculpting her Hopi maidens over twenty years ago and still has yet to scratch the surface of her cultural history. "The Hopi Tribe of Northern Arizona, is thousands of years old. I have a lifetime to fully explain my people and their history. I know many of my collectors now understand more about the woman and their powerful place in Hopi history."
She originally worked in the traditional scrape-and-smooth method, which Hopi potters have used for thousands of years. Kim's degree from Northern Arizona University in Fine Arts, sculpture and bronze casting has become to be a personal satisfaction for her art career.
Kim sitting in her studio once remarked, "After the Corn was plenty, the Arts were born to the Hopi;" in other words, the Hopi prayed, worked and cared for their family and then the arts we know today were created to perpetuate their history. Kim's three girls are almost grown and her time to focus on Art is growing. Her career is mirroring her statement.
Kim has been featured in many national magazine articles and her works have been published in various books on Southwest Art. She has won numerous awards in Art and Sculpture shows across the United States in both Native and non-Native events. Kim represents herself with her own website kimobrzut.com. She travels to several art shows across the US each year so she can personally meet her collectors and convey the stories of the Hopi people and her art in person. She has also had the privilege of being able to serve for two years on the Board of Directors for SWAIA, who runs the Santa Fe Indian Market, the largest American Indian Art show in the United States in August on the plaza of Santa Fe, New Mexico.