Rose B. Simpson

Journeys of Clay


Journeys of Clay presents the work of New Mexico based mixed-media artist, Rose B. Simpson. Informed by three maternal generations of ceramicists, Simpson creates androgynous clay figures that tackle the emotional and existential impacts of living in a postmodern and postcolonial world. The publication explores Simpson’s artistic evolution and examines the influence of indigenous ceramic traditions passed down by her mother, Roxanne Swentzell, late-grandmother, Rina Swentzell, and great grandmother, Gia Rose Naranjo. Weaving together object plates, family photographs, and installation images creates a catalog-cum-genealogical record, the hardcover publication features a coated fabric casing and a swiss binding. Creative writing by Simpson and essays by Roxanne Swentzell and Rina Swentzell, are accompanied by scholarly texts from Arden Sherman, Pamela Solares, Beata Tsosie-Peña, and Ghislain d’Humières. This catalog is a companion to an exhibition of the same name at The Norton Museum.

Published by Pacific and Norton Museum, 2024

Designed by Pacific

Hardcover, Swiss bound

116 pages

9 × 11 inches

Edition of 1,000