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A Little Medicine and Magic

My work engages with Native stories, in which the animals are seen as beings, not as a commodity. These characters have a presence, they have intent; they speak, they can make decisions. In my paintings and prints, animals are a vehicle to investigate what it means to be from two cultures, biracial. I am exploring an idea of inadequacy, an idea of not-Indian-enough. I have often portrayed animals in opposition to one another as a means of expressing the internal conflict that exists within someone like myself, navigating cultures. My tribe, the Ponca, were originally from northern Nebraska, and in 1876 were forcibly removed at gunpoint to Oklahoma. Throughout my work, themes of conflict and injury are evident. In some cases animals are missing horns, reflecting the feeling of missing a part of oneself, and the ambiguities that exist for a biracial person living today in the United States.
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On Eavesdropping

Exploring notions of inside, outsider, and the other, I create immersive narratives and environments that encourage the audience to intrude upon private spaces. I ask viewers to confront the power dynamic between the voyeur and the viewed,…

Art Credits

art credits Cover photograph © Tõnu Tunnel; page 7 album art courtesy of Music Maker Foundation; pages 16–17 © Kaushik Narasimhan, CC BY 2.0 via Flickr; page 40 © Romana Klee, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Flickr; page 50 © Liz…

A Conversation with Kirsten Sims

  Emily Louise Smith: The energetic style and colors of your paintings convey whimsy and humor—I think of those exaggerated, long-limbed characters—and yet some also hint at misfortune. Your work seems both playful and ominous. Kirsten Sims: Playful and ominous,