Gina Adams has created a simply stunning portfolio of 'Broken Treaty Quilts', highlighting the deception and violence used to marginalize Native Americans in the formation of the US. These are powerful textile testaments of lies and treachery.
"I am fascinated by stories passed down, both from my own familiar heritage and those told by others. I believe that the passing down of memories what keeps our genetic heritage alive. I am interested in and seek out others who have a similar story to tell and I immerse myself in their shadows. I do so in order to tell my story more clearly, and doing so also helps to clarify what I want the work to say visually. There is a connection to what the ancient ones taught my ancestors, as this information was passed down generation to generation. I consider my work and its process to be a spiritual endeavor, and the process of making to be a ritual component . I decided to learn how to make objects in order to have a better understanding of who my ancestors were and how perhaps I am similar to them. The process of making gives me an identity and an ancestral connection. In this I feel that I have been creating work that recontextualizes the sense of the sacred and the ritual object. In storytelling I am moved by a sense of discovery and connection, and much of it is also deeply connected and rooted in place and land. My life's journey is about where the land, peoples, and stories come together. It is my wish that the viewer will bring their own experience when viewing my work. Thank you for taking the time for your own discovery as it brings meaning to the day." Gina Adams
Above: Treaty of the Six Nations, Broken Treaty Quilt
Below: The Osage Treaty 1809 Broken Treaty Quilt
Below: Treaty of Middlebury Plantation 1677 Broken Treaty Quilt
Below: The Royal Proclamation of Canada Broken Treaty Quilt