"Water Is Life - Standing Rock Sioux Charity Tophoglyph" ~ 11"x17" print on paper
This artwork is inspired by the ongoing protection of the Missouri River & nearby sacred land by thousands of Native Americans from over 100 tribes gathered at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile conduit planned to carry crude oil from North Dakota to southern Illinois. The pipeline's path is slated to go through various tribal burial grounds, some of which have already been bulldozed — and also crisscross underneath the Missouri River which is the source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, depended upon by millions more downstream and the longest river in North America. The project has started and stopped several times but is by no means definitively decided upon thus far.
Having worked as an environmental educator myself, specifically in relation to fresh water ecosystems, clean water is of paramount importance to me as it not only supports the cultural, economic and spiritual lifeblood of humanity but provides the foundation for planet Earth's interwoven ecosystems — life itself. The Standing Rock Sioux have a saying: Mni Wiconi—Water is Life.
The letters of "Water is Life" are connected in cursive to one another creating an infinite labyrinth-like loop of contemplation and intention. You can watch a short video that reveals the letter sequence. The colors, blue, red and yellow are directly sampled from the Standing Rock Sioux's logo.
50% of print proceeds will be donated to the Official Standing Rock Sioux Tribe DAPL Donation fund. Donations will be used for legal, sanitary and emergency purposes.