Shan Goshorn

Native American Art - - NATIVE BASKETRY -

In a pair of Cherokee-style bas­kets—ti­tled Why We Dance and mea­sur­ing 9½ x 9½ x 17½ inches each—bright col­ors and im­agery are com­bined with words re­ceived through a so­cial me­dia re­quest by the artist. In re­sponse to her ques­tion “Why do we dance?”, tribal mem­bers from across North Amer­ica sent re­sponses such as “to breathe” and “We dance for those who can­not.” Dance is hon­ored as cer­e­mo­nial, joy­ful, restora­tive and some­thing that sus­tains the cul­ture. The dancers are hand-painted pho­to­graphs taken by the artist. The ma­te­rial is Arches wa­ter­color pa­per: printed, painted, cop­per foiled and then cut into splints.

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