4.25” X 4.25” X 9.25”
Arches watercolor paper splints printed with archival inks, acrylic paint, gold foil
Silenced Protest is woven from splints cut from paper printed with copies of historical documents. The horizontal splints are from a reproduction of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Gold foil was applied to these splints, referencing the discovery of gold on Cherokee land in 1828- a critical factor in hastening the removal process. The vertical splints are woven from approximately 16,000 Cherokee signatures, protesting the legality of the Treaty of New Echota, a document signed under the cover of darkness by a handful of men supposedly agreeing to the terms to move the tribe to Oklahoma.
After swearing eternal friendship to the Cherokee when warriors saved his life in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, President Jackson refused to even view these documented signatures that a delegation hand-carried to Washington. Instead, he ordered his troops to commence with the process, removing the Cherokee from their homeland at bayonet point.