Wendy Red Star, Four Seasons, archival pigment print on paper, 2006.
"I moved to Los Angeles in 2004 from Montana right after I graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman. I was struck by the lack of natural environment in the city of Los Angeles and I was also lonely for home. I decided to go searching for something familiar, so I took a trip to the Los Angeles Natural History Museum to look at the Native American section. I saw one of my Crow ancestor’s moccasins on display in a glass case. Seeing his moccasin in this encased state made the object appear very odd and misplaced. I wanted to analyze this feeling further, but couldn’t quite piece it together. I strolled by the dioramas and found in them the same cold quality as the display of my ancestor’s moccasin. I decided to construct my own version of a diorama and to convey [the way] this format of display makes me feel. I fabricated four elaborate sets, one for each season, complete with plastic inflatable woodland creatures and 70s photo mural mountain ranges. I also photographed myself in the middle of the curious natural history-like dioramas."
—Wendy Red Star, NY Arts Magazine
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