Wendy Red Star: Apsáalooke Feminist, White Squaw, Four Seasons
The New Gallery, Oct. 1-26. , 2018
exhibition essay by Dr. Jordan Amirkhani
Artist Wendy Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance. An avid researcher of archives and historical narratives, Red Star seeks to incorporate and recast her research, offering new and unexpected perspectives in work that is at once inquisitive, witty and unsettling. Intergenerational collaborative work is integral to her practice, along with creating a forum for the expression of Native women’s voices in contemporary art.
I’m really excited to present Wendy Red Star’s work to our students and to the Clarksville community, Apsáalooke Feminist, Four Seasons and White Squaw are three separate bodies of work curated for this exhibition. I find they are excellent examples of her use of photography in creating dialogue around the issues of identity, representation and feminism. It’s a pleasure to have Red Star’s work here in The New Gallery at Austin Peay; prior to its inclusion in her first mid-career survey at the Newark Museum in Newark New Jersey, curated by Nadiah Rivera Fellah and Tricia Laughlin Bloom, which opens in February 2019.
- Michael Dickins, Gallery Director