Creature Comfort

Rose B. Simpson, Kha'p'o Owingeh (Santa Clara Pueblo) / American, born 1983




Overall: 18 × 10 × 8 in. (45.7 × 25.4 × 20.3 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Claire and Richard P. Morse 1953 Fund



Place Made: United States, North America

Object Name


Research Area

Native American


Not on view


Somewhere between human and non-human, this creature tends to itself, licking to groom or soothe a wound. Its uneven legs are supported by additional ceramic slabs. With an interest in the possibilities of anthropomorphic representations and what can be projected onto them, Rose B. Simpson transmutes this animalistic gesture into something at once more and less recognizable. Creature Comfort invites the viewer to consider what kind of care is required from within and outside of oneself to survive.

From the 2021 exhibition Form & Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics, curated by Jami C. Powell, Curator of Indigenous Art and Morgan E. Freeman, DAMLI Native American Art Fellow

Exhibition History

Form & Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics, Citrin Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 6, 2021–July 23, 2022.


Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; sold to present collection, 2021.

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