I'm fueled and creating! The Indian Pipe Series will bring awareness to the Dakota Access Pipeline situation regarding the authorities, Native Americans and others who are involved. If you are watching the news, you know what I'm talking about. If you aren't, the crude oil pipeline will cross the Missouri River and threaten the safety of drinking water. The digging has already defiled Indian Burial Grounds and is on the land that was granted to Cheyenne, Sioux, Arapaho, Crow, Assiniboine, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara nations as of the Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1851. This land was stolen time and time again by business men in search for gold. Today, people and the land are being disposed of as the fatcat sees fit. The pipeline.
The pipeline will deliver approximately 470,000 barrels of oil a day and will take countless dollars to complete construction. Shouldn't this type of money be spent on renewable or cutting-edge energy research? The Indian Pipe Series will highlight the parasitic nature of plant and human animal.
Indian Pipe Series, panel #3
It is important to to stand for what you believe in or fall for anything.
Energy Transfer Partners is digging a pipeline through Native American sacred land to the tune of
$3.7 Billion. So much for renewable energy spending and the clean drinking water that the protesters are trying to protect.
About my Indian Pipe Series: The Indian Pipe is sometimes called the Peace Pipe or Sacred Pipe in Native American rituals and tradition. There is also a native parasitic plant called the Indian Pipe that feeds off of mushrooms. In the above image, the plant is layered on the foreshortened edge of stacked pipes, the circles. The overall image is a contagion of unrest with a floral design of peace and hope for the future.
I have embarked on a series of protest paintings regarding the stand taken by the Native Americans and others at Standing Rock, North Dakota. The Indian Pipe plant (Monotropa Uniflora) is a parasitic plant that feeds upon fungi which in turn uses trees as their hosts. This feeding chain is a symbol of the proposed pipeline that may run through the soil of the sacred Native American land. Do we hold anything sacred? Are the stars in the sky left to be plucked from their hanging to line our pockets?
In 2016-2017, artist Daniel Kathalynas worked on a series of protest artwork called the Indian Pipe Series. The parasitic Monotropa uniflora plant (AKA the Indian Pipe plant) was symbolized as the pipeline. This is a reaction to the atrocities of unethical treatment of people committed on American soil by the conflict regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline.