Donald Noon - Streator, Illinois

Artist's Statement

Mohawk was inspired from the Native American legend of Starved Rock and the large Native American Indian village, now near present day Utica, Illinois, that was established on the banks of the Illinois River. The sculpture strives to evoke the reflection of Native American culture through the use of amorphous shapes to create images from Native American culture in the mind’s eye of the viewer.

Many hikes through this area of Illinois during my youth and adult life always tended to make me reflect on a past time when our country was in infancy. The land was pristine and in a virgin state, occupied by a people living in balance with nature, but still dealing in human conflicts and perils, that we to this day still endure. Most of these native are now just voices in the wind, as we all will be sometime in our own livers. The theme to evoke these images is a balance between them and the sculptural quality of movement and the dynamics of interaction of form, space and textural qualities of the material. Mohawk (2007) is the final sculpture in the Utica series that includes Totem (2002), War Dance (2003), and Utica (2005), a featured sculpture in the 2007 Art on the River Exhibit.

Artist's Bio
Don Noon was born in and resides in Streator, Illinois. He received an AS from Illinois Valley Community College, then studied Fine Arts at Illinois State University, earning a BS in Fine Arts while studying under sculptors Barry Tinsley and Keith Knoblock. In 1979 he earned an MFA in sculpture from Indiana University. He was awarded a Ford Fellowship in 1977-1978 and was a graduate assistant assigned to sculptor Jerry Jacquard. Don also worked as an assistant to sculptor Barry Tinsley and to sculptor Tom Gibbs at various times. He is employed as a welder by the Caterpillar Company in the Aurora plant. 

Sales price - $15,000