Sculpture by Ross Matteson

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Prairie Queen

2002 by Ross Matteson   (bronze)   18 x 24 x 19 inches   edition size 20

Prairie Queen is a large, warm gyrfalcon perched on a partially buried buffalo skull.  While on winter migration, in what most humans would think of as a cold, harsh landscape, she preens her feathers almost as if in the intimacy of a bedroom.   The metaphor of the skull, a Western symbol for hardship, has no meaning to her.   She is above it.   It is only a perch on the open prairie.   Her royal life is presently affirmed by the absence of death in her thought.

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[photo credit: Ross Matteson]