In Honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Siege at Wounded Knee

Weweniboozhoo!

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Wounded Knee II, I thought I would post a large drawing that I completed as an assignment in an art class in 2006. The assignment was to take a copyright free public image of an actor, singer, public persona and print two copies out on 81/2 X 11" paper in black and white. Then we took one copy and ripped it into strips, then taped them back together on another piece of paper. Next we measured and drew a grid of one inch boxes over the picture in order to enlarge it to our large sketch paper size. This is what we drew. I chose to draw John Trudell, I thought that ripping and re-ordering him in strips was indicative of his life after losing his whole family - pregnant wife and children in a fire back in 1979. This horrifying incident I think re-ordered him on the inside and forced a change in how he acted in the world.... he turned to his writing - poetry ... In the years since, we as his audience have found he has many things to say, especially now as he has reached elder-hood. His words are extraordinary seeds of truth, he sees through the b.s. and gets right to the center of the issues on this continent - social and political issues. Anyways, he is one of the people who inspire me to do better. Here is the drawing, and the following is the original photograph:

"John Trudell"- 2006 Graphite 6B , 4B sticks and White charcoal. Copyright Melanie Sunstorm Fish All Rights Reserved

"John Trudell"- 2006 Graphite 6B , 4B sticks and White charcoal. Copyright Melanie Sunstorm Fish All Rights Reserved

This is the original photograph that I drew off from.

This is the original photograph that I drew off from.