15 x 22.5 inches
Collage with Linoleum Block Elements on Cotton Rag Paper
This Tule Elk is a creature that I created for a public art installation at the Presidio National Park in San Francisco, which I named, Ancestral Futurism. I learned so much about this beautiful creature who would roam the land 300 years ago. The Europeans settlers impacted the ecosystem when they hunted with guns and wiped out many creatures. The settlers replaced the dune scrub with non-native grazing grass for their domestic herds, and the Tule Elk disappeared. But through this project I aim to honor them and honor the Indigenous stewards who cared for them for thousands of years.
Ancestral Futurism honors the diversity and interconnectedness of all humans, land, flora and fauna that have lived in this ecosystem throughout the centuries. The multi-site art installation depicts a vision for an interconnected future that begins with examining the colonial and repressive history of the Presidio. The artistic renderings uplift the stories, experiences and images of BIPOC communities with an emphasis on the Ramaytush Ohlone, the original stewards of the land. Abstract symbols reflect plants and creatures that were once abundant in the region.
I really love all the reinterpretations I made of this relative. Through my work exploring the ecosystem in the Presidio, I developed an understanding of the many creatures and plants that once thrived before colonization. I am so honored to celebrate this majestic animal.