Nine Bones of Conquest

Mixed media on paper
40 x 26 inches
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This artwork combines images from the conquests throughout time exploiting horses (with nine bones in their legs) for use in armed conquests–and lamenting the fate of the wild horses of the American Wests, now that they are no longer needed for that purpose. The Nine of Spades (Bones) is from the House of Cards series which reimagines a deck of cards in large-scale works on paper. Weaver Ross spent three years creating the vibrantly colored images: 52 cards plus four jokers/wild cards. The 26 x 40-inch images layer cultural, political, historical and mystical references. Clubs become trees, spades explore bones and fossils, and diamonds transform in to constellations and celestial bodies, and hearts draw inspiration from Egyptian Tomb paintings and the Tarot.