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Artwork copyright Gail Tremblay. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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Putting a Lid on Wild America, 1999

Gail Tremblay
(American | Onondaga and Mi'kmaq, born 1945)

Location: University of Washington, Seattle

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

'Putting a lid on Wild America' is part of a series of "film baskets" woven by artist Gail Tremblay from recycled film using traditional basketry techniques. This sculpture playfully recontextualizes a medium that has historically been used to advance stereotypes of Native Americans. This piece is part of the Contemporary Native American Artwork Collection, on view at the University of Washington Gallagher Law Library. The collection was proposed by artist John Feodorov, who selected the eight represented artists for their rich and forward-thinking cultural expression. Speaking to the contemporary nature of this collection, Feodorov notes “since art, like law, is an ever evolving process, it cannot rely on nostalgia if it is to remain relevant.”

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with University of Washington.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Olympia-based conceptual artist Gail Tremblay creates multimedia artworks, installations, critical writing, and poetry. An influential professor at the Evergreen State College, Tremblay advocates for diversity and gender equality in the art world and academia.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - plastics / acrylics / polyesters

Medium

35mm trailer of the film Wild America, metallic yarn, and 8mm film

Dimensions

16 in x 9 in x 9 in

ID Number

WSAC2003.039.000

Acquisition Method

Direct purchase

Artist Location

Washington, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

University of Washington

Artwork Location

University of Washington
Gallagher Law Library

WA County

King

Setting

Interior

Site Type

University

Address

UW Tower, T-12
Seattle, WA 98195

Geo. Coordinates

47.659384 | -122.310597

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