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Jessica Clark
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

My work documents and preserves the everyday life of the Lumbee people, along with the members of other Southeastern Native American tribes. They are from my perspective, as I am Lumbee, and depict the people, places, and events specific to us.

The act of painting, drawing, and printmaking allows meditation on the narrative and process, escaping to the moment the photograph was shot, becoming overcome by the emotions, sounds, and stories associated with each subject. The lithographs convey our relationship to the land and the importance of our history. The large format and vibrant colors of the paintings reflect the vitality of contemporary Native culture and identity, creating monuments to a people who have persevered in the face of oppression and the appeal of assimilation.

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