5” x 6” x 8”
Arches watercolor paper splints, first printed with archival inks, acrylic paint, gold foil
Absolved of Greed is woven with splints printed with the Indian Removal Act of 1830. In addition to an acrylic wash of color, some of the splints were also layered in gold foil. Gold was discovered on Cherokee land in 1828- the metallic medium is symbolic of the way this discovery hastened the removal process for the Cherokee. The ascending cross pattern may be a variation of the Cherokee basket pattern “Eye of the Sacred Bird”, but the artist has interpreted it to represent the The Church. This institution actively promoted the popular belief that it was God’s will for the settlers to claim land occupied by native people as their own.