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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Wendy Red Star is an artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. Over the course of her practice, Red Star has worked within and between the mediums of photography, sculpture, installation, performance and design. Red Star’s work layers influences drawn from her tribal background (Crow), daily surroundings, aesthetic experiences, collected ephemera and conjured histories. Through her photographs and sculpture new universes are built, with their own language of symbols created from such seemingly disparate sites as HUD houses, rez cars, three legged dogs, powwow culture, proliferative indigenous commoditization, and Red Star's personal collection of memories growing up as a half-breed on the Crow Indian reservation.

Red Star's unruly approach examines a cross section of American cultures and their very consumption while also being a meditation on her own identity.

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