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ART + DESIGN

JWJ STUDIO. BOI, ID.

JWJ STUDIO

ART + DESIGN

JWJ STUDIO.

ART + DESIGN

JWJ STUDIO.

Absent Minded
Absent Minded (2019) Acrylic, gouache, and ink on stretched canvas. Photo: Justin W John
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Acrylic, Ink, Gouache
Stretched Canvas
Matte
24 x 24 x 1.5 inches

In the early spring of 2019, I had the opportunity to attend the Carolina Indian Circle Powwow (CIC Powwow). I feel lucky to have been able to experience this cultural affair that hosted dancers from all along the East Coast. There was electricity everywhere, the vibrations came through the floor, into my body, ran up my spine, and back down again. I felt like an outsider, but welcome. The feeling of home and community was well received.

One of the dances performed, The Red Dress Special, moved me very much. I hadn’t anticipated such emotion would stir inside of me. I learned the dance was for the many missing or murdered indigenous women, most of which whose heinous crimes have gone unsolved. While painting this piece, I thought of my own experiences with such traumatizing issues, but mostly this is a prayer for those innocent women who have been lost.

To learn more the artist, Jaime Black, who has taken this social issue as subject for her work, visit: The REDress Project.

Original available
Art Source Gallery 17th Annual Juried Art Show
Absent Minded
Absent Minded