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Avis Charley

Our Days of Opulence

Spirit Lake Tribe


LIN W 738

I create figurative drawings and paintings that explore our evolving Native identity from pre-reservation period to the present day, from ancestral homelands to city life. As a female ledger artist, I share stories of parenting, family, and community with Prisma colored pencils and India ink on antique accounting ledger paper. I eventually transitioned from Prisma colored pencils to oil paintings on canvas using a glazing approach because I wanted to start portraying Indigenous women in modern settings celebrating resistance to assimilation and colonization with vibrant hues and details not possible in my ledger pieces. I am interested in the present moment and enjoy documenting our stories and experiences for future generations.