Coexistence of the indigenous and non-indigenous has been grounds for scenarios played out in everything from politics to Hollywood. While the historic indigenous tendency is to live tradition, the non-indigenous inclination is to be actively contemporary. This contemporary - in the American sense - is a life of popular culture and living the now. My work explores the juxtaposition of these two cultural conditions.
Much of my work represents this overlap of society; prints are layered as collective narratives of circumstances and experiences. Stereotypical imagery is appropriated from both directions, showing defense of a culture while openly participating in modernized society. Other imagery is pulled from personal family history; of my great-grandmother, sold off a Canadian reserve to a man in Minnesota. Layers of monetary application to human life and grocery advertisements suggest my participation in this melding of American existence.
Pushing this concept even further, Whitewash: specimens of the hipster class, Hollywood propaganda, and miscellaneous paraphernalia of the American dream, explores the contribution of the digital world to this dialogue of coexistence. Not only does it offer a platform for many views to collide, it also allows for accessibility to these perspectives; an opportunity easily made but not easily deleted.