About this piece:
The artist considers bison migration and the creation of bison wallows as deeply orienting markers in the vast western plains. Etched into prairie earth, bison trace and wallow were repeatedly returned to over centuries by bison herds and also used by other travelers in the plains. Like other work in this joomchi series, the artist explores the experience of circle, series, and repetition in the prairie after her residency with the National Park Service at the Tallgrass National Preserve in the Flint Hills of Kansas. As an installation piece in two parts, Bison Wallow I, records through stitch, print (here letterpress) and use of shadow, the experience of return over time and of place as exterior and interior fields.
hanji, ink, dye, thread, bison down
About the artist:
Julie Nocent-Vigil resides in Santa Fe, where she is developing projects in the printmaking and book arts department at the Santa Fe Community College and its Center for the Book. She did graduate studies in Native art history and architecture at the University of New Mexico, and completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in philosophy and religious studies. Her work incorporates fragments of text, erasure, and built layers to communicate an experience of memory and meaningful connections over time in the records of passage and personal geographies traced in the Southwest.