Mama Let Me See
Designed in the 1800’s ledger art style with colored pencils, “Momma let me see” is composed to illustrate the intimate relationship of a mother and her young daughter while admiring a beautiful elk tooth dress.
Traditionally, dresses were hand made by family for family members and were very personal to whoever was fortunate enough to be the receiver of such a wonderful gift. The beaded or quillwork designs on the dress reflected the family/tribe of the maker of the dress. The Elk teeth on the dress signifies a successful hunter in the family or also marital status.
In this depiction the dress is hung up on a European vintage dress maker’s mannequin to foreshadow a changing tradition and evolving world.