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Pansy Stockton

Pansy Stockton

American, 1895 - 1972

Pansy Stockton used the material of the natural world, including bark, moss, leaves and other organic vegetation to create her compositions. She developed a method of making art she called “Sun Painting” in which Stockton built up pictures like mosaics from the things she found in nature. Her process relied on an understanding of the ecosystem in which she lived, and what it produced. Though she began this process in Colorado, she believed her paintings would be better accepted in Santa Fe, and moved here in 1942. In addition to her career as an artist, Stockton engaged in activist work, interceding with the government on behalf of the Sioux Indians of South Dakota to preserve their land. (Waguespack, 2018).