Koshare (Clown) Kachina with Watermelon by Richard Gorman, Hopi
Koshare (Clown) Kachina by Richard Gorman, Hopi Pueblo cottonwood, pigment 10.25" tall x 4" wide x 3.25" deep
The Koshare (Clown) kachina is known by many other names, including Kaisale (Winter Clown), Tsuku (Second and Third Mesa), Koyaala, and Hano (First Mesa). The Clown has a complex ceremonial role, giving wisdom and advice as well as poking fun at unacceptable behavior.
The Clown is said to be a glutton, always overdoing it whether he is making fun of the dancers, trying to get the children to behave during ceremonies, or commenting on Hopi behavior. They are generally amusing and do things that no Hopi or anyone else would want to be caught doing. They are often depicted with a watermelon.
Richard Gorman was born April 20, 1962 in Keams Canyon, Arizona and raised on First Mesa, Polacca, Arizona. Although Richard is welcome in both the Navajo and Hopi tribes, he is considered Hopi because the Hopi and the Navajo consider children to be born into the mother's tribe, clan and family.
Richard had little more than a passing interest in art until his time in the US military. During his four years in the Army, he spent a tour of duty in Germany where he saw the work of Bavarian wood carvers. This had a profound effect on him, and he began to envision his own future as a carver after his military duty.
He states that his work is influenced by his cultures, both Hopi and Navajo, and the work of renowned carver Neil David, Sr., painter Helen Hardin, and jeweler Charles Loloma. Today, Richard is better known for his paintings, as he is more prolific in that medium, and he relies on it for a more consistent source of income.
Richard has work in both private and public collections including the Pueblo Grande Museum, the Heard Museum, and the Eiteljorge Museum. As well, he has won awards for both his paintings and kachina carvings at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market and the Gallup Indian Ceremonial.