Eleanor Lim-Midyett on Removal, Resilience, Return
Alvin Eli Amason (Native American, born 1948), So Tall (1990)
The nearly life size bear depicted in Alvin Eli Amason’s So Tall (1990) highlights the theme presented by this group: removal, acknowledging six of the eight bear species considered vulnerable or endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature; resilience to recognize that while many are at risk they continue to adapt to their surroundings; and return as bears remain a vital part of the ecosystem.
Alvin Eli Amason, (Native American (Sugpiaq/Alutiiq Alaskan), born 1948), So Tall, 1990, oil on canvas, 96 x 40 inches. Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Gift of the R. C. Kemper Charitable Trust, 1995.002.01. © Alvin Eli Amason. Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2020.