I am white, I am a Puyallup, I am Native American. I am in a unique position to critique the colonization of the United States from both a colonized and colonizer perspective. I use performance, fibre arts, installation, sculpture, and printmaking to convey my understanding of the American West. My work prompts the viewer to consider the individualism, consumerism, and inequalities that defines American culture. My performance practice centers around recounting childhood memories, transgressing gender binaries, and satirically reenacting the colonization of America. The imagery in my objects and prints draws from the traditions of Coast Salish carving and weaving design via which I investigate personal narratives, connect with oral traditions, and show an appreciation for the natural world.
By Taylor Dean