Tom Jones: Strong Unrelenting Spirits
On view through March 28, 2021
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Santa Fe, New Mexico
“Strong Unrelenting Spirits” features new works from Tom Jones’ series of portraits that are rooted in his Ho-Chunk identity. The works extend the boundaries of photography by incorporating beadwork directly onto the photographs. According to Jones, “the use of Ho-Chunk floral and geometric designs is a metaphor for the spirits of my ancestors who are constantly looking over us.” Jones’ photographs examine identity and geographic place with an emphasis on the experience of American Indian communities.
Image: Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk), Cultural Appropriation Study #23, 2020, glass beads, found image, 25 x 20 in., image courtesy of the artist.