As a way to reground my work both figuratively and creatively, I’ve been experimenting with cyanotypes. As an Indigenous woman, I often contemplate my roots to the land I live upon—the Oceti Sakowin/Dakota and Anishinaabe land—and the ways in which that informs my work. With this project, the plant and flower silhouettes are exposed into the overall composition—to define the space in which we all occupy and as a reminder of where we are. The negative space that the plants define within the compositions remind us of the Indigenous land we stand upon while standing up.
Jaida Grey Eagle
Jaida Grey Eagle is an Oglala Lakota artist with a focus on photojournalism, producing, beadwork, and writing based in St. Paul, Minnesota. She researches Indigenous photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as an ongoing former Curatorial Fellow and is a Report for America Fellow with the Sahan Journal covering communities of color within Minnesota.
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