Acrylic with linocut on canvas, micaceous clay tiles, sewn with sinew
9" x 12"
The Dakota Access Pipeline, like all pipelines, has been called the black snake by our tribal people. I depicted two here, pressed into earthen tiles, crossing spaces which signify great distances. Each space is designated a home with a tipi. People's addiction to oil is represented by tire tracks indented into clay and printed in black on the background of the painting.
Created for the "Protect the Sacred: Native Artists for Standing Rock" show at Spaceworks Gallery in Tacoma.
|Pit Mine Peril, 2016|
My son, Samuel and I have created new pieces that are showing in "Protect the Sacred: Native Artists for Standing Rock," at Space Works Gallery in Tacoma this month. Sam is 15, and this year he won the Congressional Art Award for our district. He wanted to create a piece about the pipeline and I'm excited that his work is in this show.
The opening reception took place on Thursday, January 19th, and the show will remain up until February 16th.
The event has been reviewed in the Tacoma News Tribune, which noticed one of my works: "Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton) translates the oil threat into reality using thick black vinyl lino-printed with flowing teal 'water.'" In Indian Country Today, my piece, "Mobile Spill Response, pictured below, was featured in a February 10th article in Indian Country Today. It states, "Erin Genia’s (Sisseton-Wahpeton) 'Mobile Spill Response,' uses clay, vinyl and found art as a mobile above a child’s crib. Showing the dangers of oil spills, it plays on the usage of the word 'mobile' and the Exxon-Mobil company."
"Mni Wiconi: Water is Life, Oil is Death" and "Mobile Spill Response", 2016
The show received a rave review in Susan Noyes Platt's blog Art and Politics Now. Of my work and Sam's piece, "No DAPL," it states "Erin Genia creates highly original ceramic sculptures with hard core messages like Facing/Not Facing: Toxic Devastation From Oil, just above) or Mobile Spill Response (top images) and finally, not illustrated, (Mni Wiconi: Water is Life Oil is Death.) Next to Genia is the work of Samuel Genia, her fifteen year old son with a bold graphic statement." This is Sam's first published review of his work, which you can see below. In addition, his piece sold and the proceeds will go to the ongoing legal battle of the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes.
|Sam Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) "NoDAPL"|
It's a beautiful show, with Native artists in our region creating work in solidarity with the water protectors who are defending the ecosystem surrounding the Missouri River against exploitation by the oil industry, and Native artists who have donated their existing work to the cause.
Here is the press release:
Protect the Sacred: Native Artists for Standing Rock An Exhibition of Contemporary Indigenous Art in Tacoma
Tacoma, WA – Spaceworks Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition, Protect the Sacred: Native Artists for Standing Rock, featuring over 25 Indigenous artists from across the Pacific Northwest. Protect the Sacred runs December 31st to February 16th, with an opening reception on Third Thursday, January 19th, 6pm-9pm. The gallery is located at 950 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402, and an entrance off 11th Street. This exhibition is curated by Tacoma-based artist Asia Tail (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), and proceeds will support the fight against DAPL construction in North Dakota.
Although the water protectors achieved an incredible victory with the permit denial, the fight is not over. So close to the inauguration, it is more urgent than ever to protect Native land, rights, and sovereignty for future generations.
For additional information, contact Asia Tail, 253-230-3980, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.asiatail.com/news.
Artists: Natasha Alphonse Christine Babic Natalie M. Ball Peter Boome Bradley Castillo Anthony Duenas Alano Edzerza Ka’ila Farrell-Smith Ryan Feddersen Yatika Starr Fields Lisa Fruichantie Erin Genia Samuel Genia Raven Juarez Linley Logan Geri Montano Nahaan Marvin Oliver Shaun Peterson Cheyenne Randall Sara Siestreem Fox Anthony Spears Jeffrey Veregge Haley Waddington Melissa Woodrow and more…
Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article126894564.html#storylink=cpy