America was founded upon ideologies of freedom. The young nation broke away from England’s imperial stronghold to pursue a better life in the New World. However, America’s expansion went against one of the nation’s most important foundations: escaping imperialism.
The United States became an empire nearly 400 years ago, and it remains so to this day. Over those four centuries, physical and cultural landscapes have been shaped to an implied mold they will never fit. Land of Origin is an investigation of this dichotomy through visual ironies found in Montana.
Land of Origin explores the combination of indigenous cultures and imperialism with an emphasis on the handmade. Tricolor gum combined with natural and historic pigments respects traditional Native American art practices while simultaneously creating a visual contrast between subject and process.
gum bichromate with powder earth pigments, 2016.