Unhidden: the art of Ronald Lockett


“I feel like every time I make a piece of artwork I express myself strongly so that a person can feel something.”
–Ronald Lockett

honest layers that
witness hurt, test memory,
note the silences
of secrets, now unhidden
with forgiveness and regret


Ronald Lockett’s “Trapped” series records the complex relations between humans and the living world.  How do we treat animals?  the environment? each other?

I managed to visit the retrospective of Lockett’s found art last week at the Museum of American Folk Art, right before it closed.  These are powerful works.


Lockett felt the world deeply, as the works from his Oklahoma City bombing series, above, show.  “You try to be honest about what you are trying to say,” he said about them.  He acknowledged his debt to quilts in their construction.


His responses to the homeless


and the holocaust

are reminders that the importance of bearing witness has no time frame.


Lockett also made many tributes to those he knew and admired.  Above, a work honoring Jesse Owens, intricately formed in tin.


He painted “Instinct for Survival” when his brother went missing in the Gulf War.


And his tin tributes to his great aunt Sarah Lockett, the woman that raised both him and his cousin, the artist Thornton Dial, reflect both her love of gardening, and her quilts.

Ronald Lockett died in 1998 at age 32 from AIDS-related pneumonia.

You can read more about him here.

My poem uses the secret keeper’s words this week

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23 responses to “Unhidden: the art of Ronald Lockett”

  1. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    Thanks for sharing this artist! Amazing

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  2. merrildsmith says :

    Very powerful work. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Carol says :

    Just added a new artist to my list. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Michael Richards (certainline) says :

    Powerful. I don’t know his work but I’ll certainly remedy that now.

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  5. Jodi says :

    so powerful – so lovely! revealing bits of us…..

    Liked by 1 person

  6. kirkistan says :

    Thanks for posting, Kerfe. These are somber and discordant and speak to me about the human condition. I like them.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sand Salt Moon says :

    Enlightening. I learned something here today. And felt something, too.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    wow… these are amazing! So touching and deeply considered. Thank for the introduction to this artist!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. davekingsbury says :

    Thanks for sharing this. You can feel the energy and effort somehow …

    Liked by 1 person

  10. on13blog says :

    The art is amazing very powerful . Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. nesbitandgibley says :

    So sad to know he died at 32. Powerful pieces, they speak volumes. Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

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