To Be Yourself
To Be Yourself
Limited Edition Giclee on paper
Edition of 50
15"h x 13"w
It was my first time in the office, an administrators at that. My grandmother handed me a stapler and at the age of 8 I was an assistant. She put it in my hand and I went to work but the next job proved to be something along with my grandfathers words a life changing event. The Chief Leschi School needed an announcement and before digital printing my grandma would make the by hand drafting the text and all. She had a method, of using hard lead because that’s what wouldn’t show up vs the black ink. She was making round drums as an event icon and I was helping but half way thru like a two man assembly she looked to me, oh no! I drifted of center! Well this wouldn’t do but she made it work she said you know what, we will make these dimensional. She took something of 40 more half folded letter side papers and made them make sense and draft them by hand.
I was proud but I recall coming home to my grandfather who felt she extended herself for her work and rightfully so. She must have drafted 100+ announcements by hand. My grandfather at that time was fascinated with blueprints and gave me my first mechanical pencil. It's the very one I use to sign all my fine art prints to this day. Although he never said much about the gift, to me it signifies our ability to remain oneself thru change. So much is thrust upon us as Native people in the desire to do as our ancestors once did with emphasis on the method vs the goal. In that very notion the majority of our stories tell us of a character whose journey brought them through tribulations not because they went as the others before them but discovered a new path that we all learn from and prosper.