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Try Care Don't Insult Their Beauty, from the series "Secrets in Life and Death"

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Edgar Heap of Birds (aka Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds)

(Wichita, KS, November 22, 1954 - )

Try Care Don't Insult Their Beauty, from the series "Secrets in Life and Death", 2012
Monotype on paper
22 3/8 x 15 in. (56.83 x 38.1 cm)

Creation Place: North America, American
Technique: Monotype
Credit Line: Walter and Elise Mosher Memorial Fund
Accession Number: P2013.5.3

Heap of Birds' four sets of sixteen monoprints, created in four shades of blue, are a form of "wall lyrics." The words are allusive rather than descriptive, expressing personal sentiments on a range of issues. Together they form a poetry of remembrance and reflection, subverting the ways in which language is used to create selective histories and to deny a voice to the marginalized. In the print, HAPPY TO DONATE WHAT YOU TOOK, the artist draws attention to the systems through which the work of Native artists has been collected and institutionalized. Too often the objects live in the archive but the voices of their makers have been stilled. (from exhibition label, Kathleen Howe, curator)

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  • Sheet Dimensions: 22 3/8 x 15 in. (568.33 x 381 mm)

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