Artwork by Karen Sixkiller, contemporary Cherokee artist, will be on display in ʔaʔkʷustəŋáw̕txʷ House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse now through March 2023.
Sixkiller’s exhibit Cherokee Grandma Spider celebrates spiders and invites visitors to look closer and think deeper about the beauty in her art pieces, which reflect traditional and contemporary Cherokee art and stories.
“I hope for an emotional connection,” she said. “Most of my work has a comedic element, something odd that hopefully causes viewers to stop and wonder, ‘what is this about?’”
She enjoys working in clay, sculpting, and constructing with it; using seed beads in various ways to create sculptural messaging. She also works with welded steel for larger outdoor sculptures such as Ember on display at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center through June 2023. Recently Sixkiller accepted a Running Start Program Specialist 2 position at PC, in support of the Running Start ESSER Grant.
“As an Urban Indian I have walked in two worlds my entire life, and I can sometimes see things through both Native and Euro-centric perspectives,” she said. “A lot of my work plays on that dichotomy, taking an idea, item, or image that the dominant North American culture uses and understands one way and re-framing it to accentuate a Native perspective on it.”
A free artist reception will be held Thursday, December 8 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Peninsula College Longhouse. Winter quarter gallery hours are Tuesday – Thursday, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and by appointment. On February 2 at 12:30 pm in the Little Theater, Sixkiller will give a presentation during Studium Generale, and in March she will host a print workshop through PC’s Community Education classes.