Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Undefeated Then And Undefeated Now
"52nd Month: Speaking Without Words About Holy Contradictions," painted by am in gouache and watercolor in June of 1989. The numbers reflect the years of my life up to that point, beginning with my birth year. As I was painting, I was meditating on the fact that there had been war throughout my 40 years of life. Coincidentally, 1989 was the year the South Dakota state legislature passed a bill proclaiming 1990 as the "Year of Reconciliation" between the state's American Indian and White citizens.
Some of you have seen this painting before in different contexts. As I was thinking about the events at Standing Rock, the image appeared in my mind again.