Magic Hand is a portrait of this uncertain time in our lives. I wanted to draw hands that have both sides of good and evil: hands that touch, fix, cure, express, fight, and pray. I used various symbolic imagery, including the "powerful hand" and the Milagros charms to represent peoples' beliefs and their cultures in this confusing time.
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Jeanette Pasin Sloan
Greek Key is a pattern often used in Greece. The motif derives from the river Meander. Our use "to meander" mimics the curving quality of the river. The flower reflected in the objects recall the light of Greece which has provided us with much of our history and culture; reflections tell us who we are and what the beauty of our cultural inheritance has brought to our lives. – Jeanette Pasin Sloan
Human emotions are as universal as the ideals of beauty. The need to love and be loved is strongest of all. It is a theme which has preoccupied writers and artists since the beginning of culture. I return to it repeatedly, recalling characters from literature or opera. My invented portraits are nearly all solitary and often are of children. They are haunted by a solitude experienced by those who find themselves strangers in a strange land, simultaneously longing to escape and connect.
This piece is a meant to be playful social commentary that allows viewers to imagine Native peoples’ included in conversations of mainstream culture, countering stereotypes and preconceived notions of Native peoples. Our vision and intimate relationship to our communities are precisely what make Native artists the people best equipped to convey the allure, strength, and complexity of contemporary Native life.
This photo gravure features my friend, Arla Lucia Marquez (Seneca-Cayuga and Shoshone-Bannock and Blackfoot) as a Native American Wonder Woman. She serves as a reminder that Native Americans are often left out of the arc of American History, yet we are the First Americans, and the foundation of this land. As a photographer, it is important for me to visually address areas where we have been erased from history and redraft a narrative that reinforces the ways we have existed and continue to thrive. Here, self-representation through photography battles the “one-story” narrative that casts complex, living cultures into stereotypes, instead offering multi-layered visual architectures that invite viewers to abandon preconceived notions about Native art, culture, and peoples.
"Through a process of fragmentation and assembly, I visually condense my subject matter to convey the greatest artistry with minimal elements I see myself as a kind of bridge between worlds trying to find that centerline of balance It's not always easy, but I don't think it's easy for any human being." - Dan Namingha