OVAC on Gallery.
Learn about OVAC’s programs and mission in this feature from OETA’s “Gallery” show.
My art is about history—family history, cultural history, political history—as seen through the time-blurred filters of old family photographs. I use photographs that belonged to my fullblood Muscogee grandmother, my aunts, my mother—images found in shoeboxes, forgotten in the bottoms of drawers, found among the tattered black pages of old leather-bound photo albums. These images of relatives and kinfolk are my icons, my source of inspiration and my grounding in a Native American identity that is not seen as “traditional,” but is just as valid and vital to me—a tradition of Indian Christianity and mission schools.