Nicholas Galanin, Things Are Looking Native, Native’s Looking Whiter, digital photograph
Dal Poggetto uses an abstract language and fragments of the western landscape—hide, feathers, wood and wire—to create evocative paintings and drawings. She draws on and deconstructs both Euro-American pictorial language and American Indian visual traditions to create uneasy syntheses which Pulitzer-Prize winning author/critic Mark Stevens describes as “truthful reflection[s] of our culture’s complex relations to the landscape of the West.”
In addition, MMAC has invited Dal Poggetto to select 19th and 20th century artwork from the museum’s Permanent Collection to illustrate different philosophical and aesthetic understandings of the human relationship to the natural world. These works range from European sporting hunts, historical topographic views, ledger art, Plains Indian beadwork, and Paleo-Indian artifacts. Through Dal Poggetto’s re-contextualization of these works, she probes, questions and reveals the past, calling for a renewed connection with the natural world.