Natalie Ball

04_Coley the Giant and Boney Fingers

Coley the Giant and Boney Fingers

Gao’sassas Natalie Ball. I am an indigenous visual artist who examines internal and external discourses that shape Indian identity. I believe historical discourses of Native Americans have constructed a limited and inconsistent visual archive that currently misrepresents our past experiences and misinforms current expectations. I excavate hidden histories and dominant narratives to artistically deconstruct them through a theoretical framework of auto- ethnography to move “Indian” outside of governing discourses to rebuild a new visual genealogy in refusal to line-up with the many constructed existences of Native Americans. Because auto-ethnography refers to the self, my location as a descendent of African slaves, English soldiers, and a great great granddaughter of Kientpaush, also known as Captain Jack who led Modoc resistance during the 1872 Modoc War informs my work. Within the thematic focus of my work and because of my descendancy, it is here where my artistic approach and interest lies. With degrees in Ethnic Studies and Indigenous Visual Arts, my work is always in discussion with racial narratives critical to understanding of both the self and the nation and necessarily, our shared experiences and histories. My art is not limited textually, it goes beyond the language of memory to allow for witnessing that does not diminish the past or the present.

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