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Estella Loretto, Earth Mother, Offerings for a Good Life (No Wa Mu Stio)

On view in the West Garden

sculpture garden 2020

Estella Loretto
Jemez Pueblo
born 1954 Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico; lives Santa Fe, New Mexico
Earth Mother, Offerings For A Good Life (No Wa Mu Stio)
bronze, ed. 2/10
Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, 1993 General Obligation Bonds

No Wa Mu Stio represents the spirit of mother earth that connects all people. The sculpture reflects Estella Loretto’s cultural heritage growing up in Jemez Pueblo as well as her contemporary innovative artistic style. Loretto is one of the few Native American women who creates monumental bronze sculptures. She traveled extensively around the world at a young age and later studied with sculptor, Allan Houser. Loretto incorporates her Pueblo roots, worldly experience, and personal expression into her works.