Untouching Yellowstone
 
4"x 6"
Materials: embroidery thread, watercolor,
watercolor paper, canson paper, acrylic paint,
micron pen
 
 

I created this piece in an effort to bring to light the ways in which National Parks are not quite as pristinely perfect as we would like to think. The text tells of the forced removal of American Indians from National Parks land, as their presence was ruining the "untouched" image that the US government wished to sustain within the parks. In western thought, nature cannot exist alongside civilization, the history of the national parks, in this case, Yellowstone, is a perfect example of the physical impact of our ideas of what is or isn't "nature." The text in this piece is embroidered letter by letter through the image, ruining its pristine facade.

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