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Joanna Underwood Blackburn
Pottery + Sculpture
My primary art mediums are pottery, sculpture and graphic design. My secondary art mediums are painting and photography. My goal is to create new life into our ancient ancestors’ designs greatly inspired by the Mississippian Culture Period, and to make them relevant to today. I believe it’s possible to tell our cultural stories and share our tribal family values in a modern context, creating a connection to others through our contemporary art.
Our Southeastern ancestors preserved and shared their lives with us in their copper work, pottery, shell work, textiles and baskets, among many other mediums. I hope our ancestors are celebrating the rejuvenation of Southeastern arts with us and the continuation of preserving our Chickasaw culture—for our families and the generations of those who come after us.