Carol Hepper
American, born 1953
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Carol Hepper’s diverse practice is deeply rooted in her childhood spent on the American Great Plains. She worked in her studio in rural South Dakota on a Native American Reservation, in relative obscurity, until the early 1980s, when she was discovered by curators at the Guggenheim. After being included in an important survey of young sculptors at the museum in 1983, Hepper garnered much attention throughout the art world for her explorations into the body, spirit, nature, and culture. She created house-like structures out of indigenous materials like buffalo hide, willow branches, and animal bones, and continues to employ materials used by the Native American cultures of the Great Plains today. Since moving to New York in 1985, Hepper has added explorations of urban cultures and systems to her practice, always maintaining her reverence for the power that objects can hold.

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