Travis Louie, Miss Nancy, 2014, acrylic on board, 20 x 16" Sold
When Miss Nancy was a young girl, she spent her Summers at
her uncle's mansion in New Rochelle. He came from a relatively wealthy family.
He enjoyed hunting and liked to display his trophies from his excursions around
the world. He had just come back from South Africa, as he was also an English
military officer during the first Boer War and told her stories about a rhino
that terrorized his battalion. The stories were fascinating, but she always
felt a little uncomfortable when she saw all the taxidermy in his study. She
was especially spooked by the large bison head that was mounted over the
fireplace. There was something about the sad, fixed gaze that bothered her.
Sunday afternoon during a garden party, she was getting bored with her uncle's
guests and went back inside the house. She thought she heard voices coming from
the study and had to investigate. Just outside the pocket doors she could hear
a muffled conversation. When she slid the doors open, the room was quiet. All
the taxidermy seemed to be staring at her. She looked at the bison head over the fireplace and thought she heard it
say, "no one speaks for us" . It was right then and there, that she decided once she was
old enough, she would "speak" for the bison. She went out west in the
1880's and became an aggressive anti-hunting advocate. After many skirmishes
with hunters and cattleman she became a wanted outlaw in the states of Wyoming,
Montana, and Nebraska.