In this painting, done in broad brush strokes, the figures of two women fill the composition. One is seated in profile view and the other, standing behind her, gazes out into the distance. The forms of their bodies are set againist a plain white wall creating a strong outline, especially around the area of their hair and faces. There is also a strong color contrast between the dark black shawl worn by the standing woman and light pink shawl of the seated one. There is an amulet made of bone and feathers hanging on the wall in the upper right corner of the painting.
During his early years in Taos, New Mexico, Victor Higgins painted scenes of Native Americans. In this painting he shows Oka, standing beside her daughter, Walmacho. There is an amulet of feathers and bone hanging on the wall next to them. While wearing this amulet as an infant, the daughter was thought to have brought her people good luck during an attack and helped them to be victorious. She was then given her name which means, "good luck".
Heavily worked and reworked pencil drawing on large square of grid paper. Form is an ovoid shape with longitudinal and lateral lines, thinner than it is tall, fit into a rectangular box that represents the block of stone to be carved. At the bottom right of the sketched image, Highstein has noted the dimensions (7’ x 7’ x 2’) x 7. Seven blocks of granite at 2’ x 2’ x 7’ were meant to be stacked and carved into the proposed shape.
In this early-stage proposal for a commission for General Mills Collection, Highstein works in his characteristic fusion of Minimalist and organic form, scoring an ovoid, egg-like shape with a grid. The original plan as shown here was to stack and carve seven blocks of Canadian black granite each at 2’ x 2’ x 7’ into the proposed shape. The company, however, delivered blocks from different sections of the quarry, which resulted in the blocks behaving erratically when carved. The design of the sculpture had to be improvised as it went along, and so the drawing doesn’t resemble the completed work very closely.
On verso, u.c.: 167 On verso, inscribed, c.: Luther--16 yrs. old. Right arm was cut off by a [reneering?] saw in a box factory. Now attending school. On verso, inscribed, l.c.: The childrenmaimed in factories in past years are among those unfit for the draft today. On verso, inscribed vertically, l.: Nat. Child Labor On verso, stamped, c.l.: National Child Labor Committee 105 E. 22nd St. N.Y.City Inscribed, l.c.: Please return to The National Child Labor Com. 105 E. 22nd St. N.Y.C.
Verso, part a: in black crayon, u.r. of canvas: TOP/[upward pointing arrow]/ part B: in black crayon, u.r. of canvas: TOP/[upward pointing arrow]/HINMAN/68; label, c. portion of c. vertical support bar: DONALD MORRIS/GALLERY, INC/20082 LIVERNOIS AVE./DETROIT, MICHIGAN 48221 [black letterpress];
82.5 cm x 156.2 cm x 36.8 cm (32 1/2 in. x 61 1/2 in. x 14 1/2 in.)