Saturday, November 19, 2011

Static

Static (14.5" wide X 20.5" tall)


The word static has two meanings. Static can mean either stagnant (stuck in time) or interference (usually electrical).

The indigo, black, and white stripe design, also known as the Chief Blanket design, was the first design Navajo weavers wove. I chose to frame this pattern within the television because (1) it looks very much like bad picture reception and (2) it is an older design which allows it to signify the stagnation of the portrayal of Natives on screen, or in popular media at large.

Above the television, we see other patterns that have come after that first design. Diagonals, pixelated crosses, and the electronic representation of a heartbeat. All of these together are how I choose to represent the continuation of our existence and dynamism of our cultures.

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