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Maker(s):Carlson, Andrea; Highpoint Center for Printmaking (publisher)
Culture:American; Anishinaabe/Ojibwe (1979- ); American (founded 2001)
Date Made:2018
Measurements:Sheet: 34 in x 48 in; 86.4 cm x 121.9 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2020.04
Credit Line:Purchase, Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisition Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
© Andrea Carlson

Label Text:
Carlson’s EXIT represents a landscape crowded with cultural artifacts and symbols: the lands of Anishinaabe, Dakota, and Ho-Chunk people in present-day Minnesota and Illinois. The iconography is specific: Man Mound (an earthwork effigy in Baraboo, Wisconsin), hand- and talon-cut mica forms from the Mississippian peoples, hands signing (in American Sign Language) “exit” or “outside,” and an “Exit” sign.

As Carlson has stated, her print critically reflects on cultural and historical erasure that was part of the colonial project in the United States. This deletion has led to sustained fears of cultural loss among Indigenous communities. She combats omission through reproduction of print imagery that asserts the important historical and contemporary presence of Native Americans as cultural producers.

Lisa Crossman, 2020

abstract; Native American; colonialism; landscapes; perspective; text

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