Banner Art detail: Brenda Steinberg, "U.S. Government Reduction of Navajo Livestock in 1941 and 1942, #1"
It is inevitable, at least for me, that each crisis personal or communal, will be represented in my artwork. My paintings frequently reflect my responses to what is going on in the world around me. Violence Transformed has been the perfect setting
to show this work and to curate the work of other socially concerned artists.
In the past few months there have been several reports of the mistreatment of indigenous children in North American boarding schools. This is just one more reminder of the mistreatment of Native American people throughout our history.
In 1941 and 1942 the US Government Indian Agency undertook a “reduction” of Navajo sheep with the rationalization that the land was being overgrazed. This led to loss of livelihood and hunger for many Navajo people.
The two paintings shown here were painted in 2013 after I read a book about Navajo history.