American Pastime
24 x 100 x 18 inches
Wood, acrylic, artificial grass, plexiglass, Flint corn
Set against the backdrop of a corn hole game, the painful history of land dispossession and betrayal is front and center in “American Pastime.” The text ‘As long as grass grows or water runs’ echoes the broken pledge made by President Andrew Jackson to the Choctaw and Cherokee peoples regarding the duration of their land rights. The juxtaposition of playfulness and solemnity challenges us with the uncomfortable truths of historical injustices.

The letterforms are made with artificial grass and gold mirrors, while the bags are made from US Bennington Flags, which feature an iconic ’76 in the canton. Flint corn, commonly called Indian corn, is used throughout and fills each bag.

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