You are cordially invited to a reception at C.X. Silver Gallery for Alyssa Hinton, Saturday April Wisdom Day (April 1st), 4-6pm, for the opening of her exhibition and book launch, Earth Consciousness and Cultural Revelations (preview at magcloud.com/browse/issue/1254092). The exhibition is open daily by appointment. For further information and to plan a visit, contact the Gallery, 802-257-7898.
Using vibrant colors that awaken the soul, mixed media artist, Alyssa Hinton, illustrates a theme of cultural reawakening and regeneration through her unique southeastern Native American imagery. Her work is a provocative portrayal of the folklore and history surrounding her roots, utilizing tradition and vision with a contemporary edge.
Internationally trained, and of mixed heritage, Alyssa draws on an eclectic background. This has allowed her to create art with universal appeal, investigating on many levels and challenging conventional parameters of “expected” Indian imagery. Her recent themes reflect an attempt to untangle a complicated web of events pertaining to the displacement of her Tuscarora (Eastern North Carolina) and Osage (Missouri/Kansas) ancestors.
These narrative earth-conscious works speak to the preservation of both the ecology and indigenous spiritual traditions. They bring to light aspects of a distinct but under-represented southeastern Native experience, one whose basic worldview is rooted in ancient Mississippian mound culture. On a more personal note, by uncovering what has been denied or seemingly lost, the work also chronicles the artist’s “inner restoration”.
The multi-layered collage epitomizes arguments increasingly put forward by Native writers, artists, intellectuals, and nations: like other Indigenous writing systems, they assert, earthworks and their encoded knowledge have been ‘asleep’ rather than ‘dead.’ Dormant but alive, they have waited to be awakened by descendants of their makers finally free to re-approach and even to remake them, finally freed of the psychological fetters of an internalized colonialism that has undervalued Indigenous technologies and ways of knowing. Earthworks have been waiting, they assert, for old scripts to be reactivated, for new scripts to be written and performed. A time of waiting appears near an end, near the beginning of a new cycle. That time of new beginning is now.
– Chadwick Allen, University of Washington
My mixed identity is a blueprint for the hybrid approach I use, where I can mix and match at will. The work encompasses a wide variety of mixed media formats: photo-collage, digital composite (combining hand rendered art and digital tools), assemblage, patchwork quilting and fiber appliqué. … It is the summation of a 20-year journey of inquiry and a deep excavation of information …
– Alyssa Hinton