For the fifth piece in the series I have incorporated relief circles below the piece as in Native American Culture The Circle Symbol / Meaning is symbolic of equality, where no person is more prominent than any other person. Circle meetings ensured that all people were allowed to speak and the words spoken were accepted and respected on an equal basis. The circle has no break and holds that which cannot be broken.
Mix media Collage on framed canvas, made up of American currency and packaging, pure gold leaf, beads, spray paint & acrylic.
Looking at US corporate greed, cultural insensitivity and centuries of ethnic cleansing.
The story of The Native American is well understood and the complicity of US government and capitalism is at the root of this story of genocide. From the early years of land theft and forcible resettlement to the ethnic wars of massacre and institutional racism to the current attacks on sacred land and continued apartheid. The results of centuries of mistreatment has marginalised The Native American in their own lands without a Mandela figure to bring them into the light. I have synthesised these wrongs using the symbol of nationhood, the headdress which has been appropriated and defiled by capitalism and turned into advertising hoardings – whores to advertising the final ignominy for The Native American People.