Eleanor Spiess-Ferris

Trot 1, 1979

American, 1941

Spiess-Ferris credits her New Mexican ancestry with providing “a sense of the surreal and an intrinsic aptitude for the use of symbolism.” The memory of family from her New Mexican childhood figures prominently in this early drawing from 1979, which was a part of a series recollecting the daring exploits of her Aunt Maggie on horseback. With only the story of Aunt Maggie etched in her memory, the subject is depicted as a headless image of disembodied clothes.

Gift of the artist, 2011