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Meet 2015 Fellow Luzene Hill

by Ashley Holland, Assistant Curator of Native American Art | Oct 26, 2015

Over the next two weeks, the Eiteljorg blog will profile the 2015 Fellows who will be featured in the upcoming Eiteljorg Fellowship exhibition, CONVERSATIONS. An opening celebration for this exhibit will be held on Nov. 13. Details below!

What follows is an excerpt from the artist statement of Luzene Hill (Eastern Band of Cherokee). You can read more about the artist and her work in Luzene Hill: Free Falling Up by Martin DeWitt in the 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship exhibition catalog, available in the museum store.

Luzene Hill
(Eastern Band of Cherokee)

Luzene Hill cropped version

Silence shrouds the experience of sexual assault.  A woman is often strangled to silence and control her and the aftermath is characterized by a different kind of enveloping disquiet.  Retracing the Trace presents an imprint of rape and exposition of the number of unreported sexual assaults that occur within a twenty-four hour period in the United States.

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Photo Courtesy: Photography by Hadley Fruits

The foundation for this work derived from the original marks of my own trauma and was realized by inserting myself (my body) into the process of making an imprint, as well as my presence in the gallery each day….

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Photo Courtesy: Photography by Hadley Fruits

Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than women in the dominant society, and 60 per cent of the assaults are by non-Indian men. As a Native American woman I often reference Pre-Conquest culture in my work. The khipu was pertinent to this work, as a device made from cords, and as an endangered Native American language. I metaphorically connected the silencing I experienced when I was assaulted to the silencing of Native American culture and voices.

CONVERSATIONS runs from Nov. 14, 2015 - Feb. 28, 2016. Please join us for the opening of the exhibition on Nov. 13. The Eiteljorg Museum will honor the five Native Fellowship winners with an intimate gathering celebrating the artists. Guests will also enjoy a performance by Indigenous. End out the evening with the Contemporary Arts Party featuring Indigenous, Supaman, and DJ Kyle Long.

Friday, NOV 13
Opening Celebration!
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Celebration
6 - 6:30 p.m.      Indigenous performs
6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Program
Cost: $40 [includes admission to Contemporary Arts Party]

Contemporary Arts Party
8 - 9 p.m             Indigenous performs
9:45 - Midnight Supaman, DJ Kyle Long
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Click here to purchase your ticket.

Luzene is one of five 2015 Fellows and her artwork will be featured in the exhibition CONVERSATIONS: The Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, opening Nov. 13. This biennial program recognizes the accomplishments of one invited and four juried Fellows, which are chosen by a panel of independent experts. As part of the Fellowship, each artist receives a $25,000 unrestricted cash award and their work is exhibited and further explored in an accompanying catalog. In addition, the museum purchases a total of over $100,000 worth of art from the Fellows for the permanent collection, adding to a body of work that has given the Eiteljorg Museum a collection of Native contemporary art that has been referred to as the “greatest in the world.”

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