Natalie Marie Ball has developed her studio practice using visual archives, history, gesture, materiality, and personal experience to create painted textiles, and sculptures as Power Objects. Her art is offered as proposals of refusal to complicate an easily affirmed and a consumed narrative without absolutes. Through auto-ethnography, she attempts to move “Indian” outside of governing discourses to offer a visual genealogy that refuses to line-up with the many constructed existences of Native Americans to better understand ourselves, the nation, and our shared experiences and histories.

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