Undoing

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I began my exploration of decolonizing the United States by drawing a map of the USA today. I inscribed Native nations, Hawaiian names for each state, demarcated original buffalo range and then after the slaughter, and Lakota territory stolen. I erased borders, color-coded states according to the number of lynchings, hand wrote testimonies by enslaved Africans over the states that sanctioned slavery. White washed everything with gesso and stenciled TURTLE ISLAND in graphite. I collaged paper to indicate felony disenfranchisement restrictions by state and stamped my fingerprints to indicate the number of prisoners incarcerated in each state. paper, pencil, ink, graphite, gesso, acrylic paint, India ink, and finger prints. 75” W x 60” H 2017