3.25” x 4” x 6.25”
MRI medical films, frosted tracing paper, archival ink applied by hand
Native people are intrinsically tied to the land of their ancestors. Ancient oral traditional tells the Cherokee that the Creator placed us on the earth, in our mountain homeland. But we remain connected to the land in part because of our relationship to our ancestors who are buried there.
This basket is the prototype for a future idea by the artist using X-Rays but has become a statement unto itself. For this piece, the artist researched various quotes by Native people from the last 400 years; words that speak of this sacred connection to the land via the remains of our ancestors. She hand wrote these words on the tracing paper and along with the MRI’s, cut them into splints and wove them together to illustrate how the remains of our relatives bind us to this consecrated land.
Unlike the other baskets by the artist, this piece was not created from archival materials; the expectation is that the films will darken and deteriorate over time, just as human remains return to dust after death. This degradation is part of the artistic statement.