Kaila Farrell-Smith Exhibition Statement
S? aaMak’s is a combination of drum, painting, and sculpture installations inspired for Indigenous art to reclaim contemporary shifting postcolonial spaces. This exhibit focuses on addressing Indigenous resistance against the engulfment into the weapon of whiteness, by not forgetting or allowing American Indian culture’s to be usurped and erased. Materials in this installation bridge two paradigms of approach: traditional materials imbued with spiritual and functional utilization engaging with techniques hi-jacked from western european-north american art histories. Bridging traditional Native art forms with western influenced mark making techniques stimulates dialogue within an Indigenous:settler/colonizers binary, making transparent violent and beautifully complicated legacies.