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Answering Earth

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Our work asks the audience to consider how one might make an impression without leaving a mark?

Lydia Cheshewalla and Jessica Price

Lydia Cheseshewalla straddles real indigenous intersections of art ecology and ways of knowing. Utilizing place, body, and action she explores concepts of seven generations, universal connections, kinship, place–thought, borders, and movement. By centering kinship and ecology and non-human agency in the creation of ephemeral art that pays homage to the complex systems of life and nature, Cheseshewalla investigates the nuances of transgenerational connection, honors sustainable equality ecological processes, and challenges western anthropocentric worldviews. Her life and art exist primarily in a framework of rich rural indigenous knowledge and practice informed by her Osage upbringing on and around the prairie lands of Pawhuska Oklahoma.

Jessica Price is a musician, videographer, and documentarian from Verdigris, Oklahoma who has been working primarily out of Chicago for the past decade. Price's thoughtful eye and non-invasive "visual listening" approach to documenting, gained from years on the road as a touring musician, has proven to be a perfect complement to the exploratory and slow nature of non-anthropocentric artistic collaboration. Collecting unique moments that only exist once in time and place with a mindful awareness of the balance between action and artifact, price layers meaning upon meaning by choosing to document these earth/sky/body interactions with a digital harinezumi, a camera known for its limited shooting modes and sensitivity to light, making aesthetic choices in dash camera at the same moment as the action being collected. None of the photos are post edited and all photos exist as non-Dash physical objects only.

Growing together in dialogue, this collaboration seeks to inspire wonderment and curiosity by highlighting the land on which we built our lives in the ecosystems with which we have affinity. The work encourages the audience to reflect on our relationships as they pertain to all of existence, question the role humans embody inside these natural systems, and to reimagine what it means to make meaningful artifacts as an artist in a time marked by our plastic layer in geological record, mass extinction and climate change.

'Answering Earth' archives 15 artworks displayed in the virtual exhibition Answering Earth— organized by Rural Midwest Artist Collective, with guest juror Jason Brown (@miningthelandscape). The exhibition called for any media concerned with the subject of land-use. 

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