POINT OF RETURN

Point of Return provides viewers with a contemplative study of Native American beliefs experienced through modern-day vices. It serves as a personal statement on the progress of the artist’s ongoing investigations, to provide a moment of exchange and reflection with the audience.

As a common 20th century symbol of status and wealth, fur is a natural material that appeals to basic human instincts for warmth and survival. Now considered a luxury, it is cherished and passed down from generations, serving as an antithesis of most consumers’ obsession with disposable objects.

Native Americans believed in protecting Earth’s resources, using only what is needed- against excessive material consumption, and believed that all of life is sacred, including animals. As consumers, do we respect our ancestry by avoiding animal by-products and instead use synthetic materials? This site-specific performance installation opens a conversation about value in contemporary society. Is value now considered a luxury?

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Nate Czarling

Photograph courtesy of Nate Czarling

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Photographs courtesy of Bruno Vanzieleghem

Photographs courtesy of Bruno Vanzieleghem