wool, cotton, cedar, corn husk, corn silk, lichen,
hemp roots, wood, metal
I created this weaving in response to the North Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Exploring my disillusionment, I questioned the viability of democracy within the structures of capitalism.
This piece is a physical representation of my “unlearning” of the conditioning imposed by society.
The weaving hangs on a vintage, pantsuit hanger found on the banks of the Willamette River. Viewing from top to bottom, the blue band is representative of blue-collar mentality as well as the seen and unseen authorities governing our society. Red is symbolic of my anger in response to the violence endured by a broken people, a broken system. White leads the viewer into purity, innocence and wholeness found in nature. Each of these colors carry their own meaning yet come together to represent the American flag.
A piece of cedar bark serves as a baseline between illusion and truth, woven between the establishment and our roots in nature. The cedar holds great symbolism, medicine and utility by native cultures. It is used to cleanse and dispel negativity. In this work it represents grounded neutrality and moves the viewer into the depths of the truths found in nature. Corn husks and silks represent sovereignty and the ancestors of this sacred land. Hemp roots tie off the bottom, signifying strength and resilience in community.