Curated by Kathleen Ash-Milby
November 6, 2021 - May 8, 2022
Mesh features the bold work of four emerging and early career artists whose multidisciplinary work touches on current social issues including the ongoing fight against racial injustice and conflicts over Indigenous land rights. At the same time, through photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media they celebrate the ongoing presence of Native American art and culture and remind us that art is an essential form of activism.
Ka’ila Farrell-Smith is a Klamath Modoc artist from Chiloquin, Oregon, whose selection from her recent, vibrant painting series Land Back draws from the aesthetics of graffiti as well as petroglyphs, using text and imagery as urgent messengers of warning and resistance. Embedded in the use of the customary Native Hawaiian practice of using ʻohe kāpala (carved bamboo printing tools), kapa (bark cloth), and natural pigments, Lehuauakea (Kanaka Maoli) a mixed-media artist from Portland and Hawaii, creates delicate yet powerful works that address racism and protest. The luminous photography of Leah Rose Kolakowski, a member of the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, channels strength, beauty and cultural resilience in the face of cultural and existential threats. Painter Lynnette Haozous, a Chiricahua Apache artist and member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe with Diné, and Taos Pueblo ancestry, will install a temporary 20-foot mural in the gallery, created for the exhibition.
Link > https://portlandartmuseum.org/exhibitions/mesh/