Of Loss And Endurance, 1996

Art and Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

In this piece I seek a connection with Lawrence through its history, landscape and people. Inspired by readings about the early pioneers, I responded to their accounts of hardship and endurance.

The fence is built in the shape of the state of Kansas, and welded as a grid to reflect the arbitrary ways in which the original land was divided after it was stolen from the Indigenous Peoples. The video projects people walking around the campus.

To The Stars Through Adversity is the motto of the state of Kansas, here represented by the footprints on a 30 ft high wall.

Mixed-media: 25 FT L steel, Native prairie grass, clay, water reflections, video.

Dimensions: Room-sized (30 FT H)

Photo credit: Jim Nedresky