Pictures write stories of feminism and Native American exploitation
By Michael J. Fressola
A flotilla of small beaded warships (stenciled onto the surface, it turns out), float across the fabric, which is sprinkled with talismans—fishing weights, oxidized bottle caps—and printed with text in English and a Native language.
The text is personal, political, historical, an eyewitness account: “The advance was like the seasons. It came on so gradually that we were not aware of it until it was upon us.”
The piece suggests how the colonization might have entered the Native record in a commemorative artifact.
Two print methods, digital and woodcut, are used in the smaller (17x17 inch) piece “Wind Woman (Ita ta Win).” It’s a dim portrait of Allen’s great grandmother, underscored with faint handwriting and overlaid with bright red markings, like lesions, scattershot or pox.
Below: "Wind Woman" by Lynne Allen is featured at the CSI Gallery show.