‘The First People’ has just popped up on Park Street in Croydon opposite The Slug & lettuce.
Mixed media collage With spray paint, 24K Gold leaf, acrylic, ink & dollars (not real).
“I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free, and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures, and where everything drew a free breath…I know every stream and every wood between the Rio Grande and the Arkansas. I have hunted over that country. I lived like my fathers before me, and like them, I lived happily.”
Process of creating the original canvas.
The ‘American Dream’ pieces are an ongoing series on the theme of US corporate greed, cultural insensitivity and centuries of ethnic cleansing. Some of these pieces will be on display and available to buy at my debut show at Matthews Yard, from 3rd August 2018.
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 head-dress which has been appropriated and defiled by capitalism and turned into advertising hoardings – whores to advertising the final ignominy for the native American people.
All the pieces are made up from American currency and packaging, even the skins are made from McDonalds bags.
This Thursday 4th May 2017 sees the Living Free Collective once again working along side Creative Debuts, to bring an eclectic range of artists together in one place.
This time the Living Free family is multiplying. Collaborating with an exhibition entitled Multiply. The idea like last year’s show is to share the Living Free experience. Growth and empowerment are at the heart of the Living Free spirit, to enforce the idea of collective action. The heart of resistance is community. That is exactly what Living Free embodies.
Sip drinks from the bar. Take a break and snap yourself in the photo booth or simply enjoy the music provided by the Living Free DJ’s. Living Free will also be providing a more in-depth analysis of all the work with a tour around the gallery. A chance to ask the artists a questions or to simply quiz what you’re experiencing.
Visit us at the Black & White Building in Shoreditch from 7:00pm – 10.30pm.