JUNE 19, exchange
by Martha Whittington
Exchange is an installation of wall and free-standing sculptural objects depicting the absorption and subtle elimination of a native culture through assimilation and economic manipulation. Although this installation particularly addresses the Native American ethos, it is also refers to the more general concept of the inequitable exchange that delimits our modern culture. For example, a low value consumer good with a false but high cultural value. I continue to explore the reversal of materials to draw the viewer’s attention to a point in history. The viewer is presented with beautifully crafted but synthetic “trade goods,” focused towards the destructive impact of false economy.