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Craig Kraft’s Spiky Haired Woman Acquired by Sulawesi Government

Light Sculptor Craig Kraft’s piece Spiky Haired Woman of Sulawesi has been acquired by the government of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

As part of his 7-year inquiry into the universal urge to connect through mark making. Kraft traveled to South Sulawesi, under the guidance of a government supplied archeologist and translator to view 11 ancient cave sites. These Drawings and paintings are dated up to 40,000 BP including images of freshwater fish, ubiquitous handprints, areoa, a nearly extinct species resembling a small deer-pig. The spiky-haired woman drawing was graphic, dramatic and had attitude. Her action suggested a wild female hunter caught in action! It suggests that, at least in this part of the world, women were important as hunters in ancient times. The artwork will be sited at the welcome center at the ancient Sulawesi cave sites.

Courtesy of Craig Kraft.

About the Artist
Over the past 38 years’ light sculptor Craig A. Kraft has gained national recognition for his innovative neon light works. Early public artworks include the Falling Man © 1995 sited permanently at the Cell Theatre in New York City. Since 2004, Kraft has been working with rolled aluminum and neon to create monumental public artworks such as “Light Web”, for Montgomery County, MD, and “Vivace” a free-standing sculpture sited at the Watha T Daniel Library in DC. His sculptures have been featured in over 135 exhibits throughout the US (14 solo). He has been a member of the faculty of the Smithsonian Institution Studio Arts Program for 24 years. As an artist, turned explorer and writer, Kraft has also begun a series of articles published by Timeless Travels, a magazine specializing in art, archeology and travel. Kraft is represented by the Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia. In 2018 and 2019 Kraft has had two solo shows: one at the Cafritz Art Center in Silver Spring, Maryland and a retrospective at the Susan Calloway Gallery in Georgetown DC. His home and studio is at 1239 Good Hope Road, SE Washington, D.C. in a historic Anacostia building in the arts corridor.

For more information contact (202) 588-9655 www.craigkraftstudio.com.

(via Craig Kraft Studio. Photo courtesy of Craig Kraft.)