At Swarm, the Hive Queens make it clear that we are on stolen land. Therefore, we must be mindful of the ancestors of this land that we call home.
We must learn whose land “our” land was stolen from. Through meditation, I created an illustration that depicts the ancestors of Our American landscape. Chicago is home to many Native American tribes, such as the Council of the Three Fires (Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatami Nations), the Miami, Hochunk, Menominee, Sac, Fox, Kickapoo, and Illinois Nations. Do you know whose land you are standing on? Take a look at this map if you’re unsure.
The Relational Phenomenon, created during SWARM’s 2020 residency, is about the psychology of oppression. The backbone of our American society functions off of the backs of black and brown people. Wool pulls snuggly over the eyes of mainstream culture and the abundant white American population. The white men who invaded, ravaged and pillaged the beautiful American landscape and its people are the ones who tell us about our history. Reparations are the only way to account for the damage done across several generations. That is why 25% of all profits will benefit The Aura House, a black-owned holistic mental health collective uplifting black and brown women.
This collection was drawn with Faber & Castell brush pens on bristol paper, then shaded with Daler Rowney graphite pencils. All pieces are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
SHIPPING: Drawings are placed in a sleeve to ensure protection. Framed artwork is bubble-wrapped and boxed, unframed artwork is placed in a travel-safe envelope. A week following the purchase date, orders will be shipped.