2017 Artist

Jillian Youngbird

Being of Native America descent, while growing up in the Ozark hills formed an interesting narrative in my self-identity. Story-telling has always been an important part of both cultures. In my study of Ozarkian and Native lore I’ve come to find common threads and motives; different versions of the same story. Through the study of nature, history and folklore, I use recycled materials from my environment to create sculpture, photographs and performances that investigate my impact on the natural world and my place between two interwoven cultures.