Ten Major Artists:
Wong Wong & Lulu
Pepper examining himself before commencing a self-portrait
Tiger the spontaneous reductionist
Misty goes off the wall
Minnie, the abstract expressionist
Minnie’s Reindeer in Provence, 1992.
Smokey painting after an hour in the catnip patch
Smokey at work
Ginger’s Stripped Bare Birds, 1992.
Princess, the elemental fragmentist
Charlie, the peripheral realist
THE COFFEE SHOP NEAR MY JOB HAS THIS BOOK AND ITS SISTER BOOK:
WHY PAINT CATS
WHERE THEY ALSO PAINT CATS
[photo set: 7 frames pulled from a 2003 visual art photo piece by Shelley Niro called, “The Shirt” has a storytelling progression. in the first 5 frames she is wearing aviator sunglasses and a U.S flag bandanna on her head that has stars and stripes on it. in each of the first 5 frames, the text of the shirt changes. the story is as follows, “the shirt. my ancestors were annihilated, exterminated, murdered and massacred. they were lied to, cheated, tricked and deceived. attempts were made to assimilate, colonize, enslave and displace them. and all’s i got is this shirt.” in the 6th frame, though, Shelley is shirtless, without her bandanna and glasses and covering her chest while looking at the camera very perplexed. the final frame is of a white woman with the aviator glasses in her long hair, bandanna around her neck while wearing the shirt that reads, “and all’s i got is this shirt.]
The Shirt by Shelley Niro, 2003.
Niro’s work consists of a connecting series of photographs that should be read together as a whole narrative. The images are set in a pastoral landscape, and each subsequent photograph offers an increasingly incisive statement on the colonization of the land that once belonged to aboriginal peoples.
Shelly Niro was born in Niagara Falls, NY in 1954. She is a member of the Mohawk Nation, Iroquois Confederacy, Turtle Clan, Six Nations Reserve. She is currently based in Brantford, Ontario, and works in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography, and film.
(via virtual museum)