Description of Art: My piece, "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: Not Forgotten" acknowledges the stories and lives of women who have historically gone over-looked. I can only hope that this piece will bring to the forefront the hardships that Indigenous women continue to face. My intentions are also to raise awareness of the struggle of this group of women in order to bring about change.
In my piece, "Grandmothers with too many Children", the single breast is a symbol of poverty or lack thereof- Can you see her struggling to hold on to four children? I bring to light a common thread in Indigenous communities, where adults abandon their parental responsibilities to the grandmothers- examining the toxic expectation of service placed on elderly women, and paying respect to a group that has been undervalued.
"A mother's bite", is a piece that showcases the power along with a tenderness that mothers possess. I felt it important to depict this image to honor the powerful Indigenous women who have thrived in the adversity of systematic white power. Their stores create strength and resilience within my own life- I hope to encourage that sense of empowerment through my work into the lives of other women.
Artist Biography: As a female Native American artist, raised in Choctaw Nation in southeast Oklahoma, I exercise my cultural techniques while also transforming my native crafts into a modern art form. My work honors the history of conventional Indigenous media, such as beadwork, weaving, and clay. The imagery is procured from my journals and centers around my innermost demons, family, and the role Indigenous women play in our communities. The artwork gives insight into a personal narrative that can be political and accessible.
As a dual citizen of the United States and The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma--"I must work, I must eat, I must art, I must mother, I must friend, I must listen, I must observe, constantly I must live."- Layli Long Soldier
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Broken Bow, OK 74728