Máazo'étsoh's silver art based on the ancient American Rock Art is his way of expressing the spiritual feelings manifested by these painted and sculpted figures. Rock Art Inspirations are from the Fremont Indians The name given to the diverse groups of Native Americans that inhabited the Four Corners Area from 400 A.D. to 1350 A.D. Fremont art style is represented by trapezoidal-shaped clay figurines with readily identified hair "bobs" and necklaces. Fremont Rock Art Panels, composed of pictographs (which are painted onto the rock) and petroglyphs (which are pecked into the rock) share these trapezoidal features. Many Fremont Rock Art Panels are found throughout the San Rafael Swell region of South Eastern Utah.
Anthropomorphs and other elements are shown in outline and as solid forms. Some have detailed facial features, headdresses, mask like faces, clothing, and elaborate body decorations. Others are relatively simple solid pecked and painted figures. Fremont anthropomorphs are predominantly broad shouldered and roughly trapezoidal in shape; they may wear elaborate headdresses, jewelry, and clothing, and have abstract interior body decorations, such as dots, circles, spirals, aria lines. Some figures have long tapered bodies similar to those of the Barrier Canyon Style, while others have hourglass, rectangular, and bottle-shape bodies. Phallic males are shown. Anthropomorphs are frequently depicted in horizontal rows in a manner similar to that of Archaic and Anasazi rock art styles.
Heads shown in rock art are rectangular, helmet-shaped, and rounded and frequently sit directly on the shoulders. Side hair bobs similar to those seen on Anasazi Basketmaker figures. Facial features (usually eyes and mouth) are common on Fremont anthropomorphs, but are not always shown. Headdresses include fringed "sticks," horns, antlers, "ears," antennae like forms, rectangular "tablitas" (thin wooden boards with decoration), "feathers," and elevated cap like devices. The last are frequently described as reverse-bucket shaped heads. Distinctive headdresses of western Colorado and northeastern Utah are "fringed sticks". The "fringed sticks" are worn singly and as a pair with the fringe turned up as well as down. "Fringed sticks" are also shown as independent items and being held. The representations possibly signify or share symbolism of split and fringed plant fiber artifacts.
Marvin lived on the Navajo Nation during the late 60's. He feels very blessed that the Navajo children gave him a name:
Máazo'étsoh aka Big Marble
It was difficult for them to pronounce the word Marvin, and marble was the closest English word they could say, so
“Big Marble” in Navajo became Marvin’s name.
His wife says “when Marvin gets an idea for a new piece he enters an entranced state becoming one with the ancients, detached from this present time”
The Art of Tufa
CastingTufa is porous rock made of volcanic ash used to
form a casting mold. The Tufa Stone is cut to the desired size and shape which
often resembles a brick. It is then sliced in half. Usually, a design is carved
into just one of the interior sides of the Tufa Stone. After the carving is
done, the two halves of the Tufa Stones are rightly joined. This is tied
together with a strip of rubber. A "sprue hole" is carved into one end. The
joined and decorated halves then become the mold. Finally, molten sterling
silver is poured through the "sprue hole" into the mold. After the sterling
silver cools and hardens, the carved design is visible and the Tufa leaves a
textured surface on the metal. Jewelry such as a bracelet is cast flat and then
hammered into shape.