Reception 7.7.16, Thursday, 6-8 pm
As Indigenous women, having children forces us to confront what cultural practices we will pass on to them. This decision adds intense pressure. Our choices can play a part in the continuation of genocide or the fight against it. At the same time we must contend with operating in the fine arts world where women are expected to choose one or the other- children or career.
Current events such as the continuing infringement on North American tribes water rights brings to light the evolving expectations and roles of Indigenous women. Women continue to be the leaders in the growing movements to fight for our treaties, culture and rights. We add to the loudening voice of Indigenous women by making art and helping mentor the next generation of indigenous people. By teaching our children tribal traditions we heal our cultural trauma. This healing and education are perhaps the strongest act of social justice.
Natalie Ball has a Bachelors Bachelor’s degree in Art and Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon as well as a Masters in Maori Visual Arts from Massey University in New Zealand. Natalie currently resides in Oregon and is preparing to continue her studies at Yale University.
Noelle Garcia has a Bachelor’s in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Noelle currently lives in the Chicago area.