"The Cowgirl and Indian Princess play with these complicated feelings, becoming more emotionally evoking when woven into Hollywood film posters. Weaving such identity politics through ancestral land then ties the figures to place. Adding the maps through the landscapes and figures suggests memory bound to blood and water but manipulated with popular culture’s interpretation of Native identity."
-Sarah Sense, 2022
Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce the exclusive representation of contemporary Native artist, curator, writer, and activist, Sarah Sense, as well as the opening of her first New York gallery exhibition, Power Lines, a unique body of work featuring two-dimensional photo-weavings and three-dimensional photo-baskets. Sense employs traditional weaving techniques from her Chitimacha and Choctaw family for this exhibition, combining photography and craft rich with historical significance and personal meaning. The visually layered imagery is both created and appropriated, incorporating subjects and themes that the artist has explored over her career, including her two personas, the Cowgirl and the Indian Princess, landscape photography, representations of American historical figures relevant to Native histories, stereotypical depictions of Natives in Hollywood, and maps from world- renowned archives.