"We All Stand Side by Side" An Interview with Elizabeth LaPensée Joanna Hearne Excerpts from a Skype interview, September 6, 2016. Joanna Hearne (jh): Thank you for providing the cover art for the special issue that we're doing on digital Indigenous studies. Everyone loved this piece, The Women, They Hold the Ground. How did you come to make that piece, and how, physically, did you make it? How does it have meaning for you as an artwork? Elizabeth LaPensée (el): So there are two aspects to this. One is the origin piece, and then one is the newer inspiration. I think this is the only piece that I've actually done this with, where there's a re-creation of an older piece. So the original concept was from some years ago, a painting titled The Women, They Hold the Ground, and the Windigo Lies Within, with women dancing on the curve of the earth in jingle dresses. Then within the earth there were rocks that were cracking, and then below that were dinosaur spirits, but one was really voracious. The piece was about the tapping of the land--the splitting of the land happening for oil. It was intended to show
Studies in American Indian Literatures – University of Nebraska Press
Published: May 25, 2017
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