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Inez's art does not fit into any one artistic genre such as "abstract", "impressionism" or "realism" and so on. Her artwork is emotionally and spiritually inspired as if she was a hollow reed that creative energy ran through, animating her, and was outwardly expressed through her artwork. It cannot be contrived. The original Inez Running-rabbit. This website welcomes you to discover the original art of Inez Running-rabbit. -Robin Henson, her youngest son
There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and discover the Original Inez.
"Can you begin to see the plight, the plight not only of an artist, but rather the plight of an artist encased in her womanhood? A woman artist."
-Inez Running-rabbit excerpt from letter to
Sue Wiedemann 2001
Inez wanted to be considered an artist in her own right, not to be known only as an American Indian Artist. But she was a Native American Indian of the Cherokee and Shawnee tribes. Some of her artwork reflects Traditional Native American culture.
Silk screen of Inez's Aunt Annie, or Annie Dick. She is a legendary figure in Shawnee Native American culture. She lead the charge to get Shawnee Indian Tribe recognized as an independent tribe in it's own right.
Inez made her own unusual, exotic dolls, completely from scratch, including the body, face, clothes, shoes and accessories. Her attention to detail and her artistic aptitude was stunning. She left a huge legacy of her artwork.
"Maybe I am as I was much younger, when I wouldn't be stopped at any reason. Maybe because I never suspected that I could not paint a great painting. 'Isn't that what I am doing?' I said, 'I must paint supremely but undeniably, favorable for the lasting of time. My paintings, I thought, can know no time or place. They must be the stuff of life where their presence will matter, not only now, but last into the future."
-Inez Running-rabbit excerpt from letter to Sue Wiedemann 2/2001
Sue Wiedemann and Inez Running-rabbit.
Read the story of "The Bad Seed" and how Inez survived and over came her parents' and grandparents' religious oppression with the support of her Aunt Annie and others. She was able to fully realize her dream of being an artist through a life time of creating artwork, and even having 5 art galleries in her life.
Memories of Inez and her artwork, from her family and friends. If you knew Inez and would like to share a photo and memory (of 500 words or less), please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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