art statement

Save the Indian Kill The Man: A Family Story    My Family is from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin. They "attended" the Carlisle Boarding School in Pennsylvania. The govt. policy “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” was implemented at boarding schools to assimilate Indigenous peoples and perpetrate cultural genocide. If a student deserted the school, handcuffs were used to capture the children. The children who escaped were labeled deserters. My Great Grandfather was the only member of the family to escape. His school records labeled him a deserter.   

Save the Indian Kill The Man: A Family Story 

My Family is from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin. They "attended" the Carlisle Boarding School in Pennsylvania. The govt. policy “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” was implemented at boarding schools to assimilate Indigenous peoples and perpetrate cultural genocide. If a student deserted the school, handcuffs were used to capture the children. The children who escaped were labeled deserters. My Great Grandfather was the only member of the family to escape. His school records labeled him a deserter.

 

 
 

BOOZHOO!  (Greetings)

Today, in the face of growing intolerance and widening inequalities, I decided to focus my recent work on creating social awareness of contemporary Indigenous issues such as the environment, sovereignty and colonialism. The personal themes explored include self- identity, the cost of forced assimilation and breaking the bonds of learned silence.

Common threads running through the work investigate the relationship between objects as they relate to self-identity, and body image. The intersection of ethnicity, gender, commerce, and the environment are the issues that have influenced my art.

My approach to sculpture is process orientated, incorporating the tradition of production into an object. The techniques are labor-intensive and process orientated, illustrated through the repetition and multiplicity of figures and forms found in the work.