CMC Magazine: October 1998

Artist's Statement

by Melanie Printup Hope

My work is an exploration of my Native American identity and ancestry. As an artist, I conveyed my own personal experiences cultural and spiritual growth through the use of drawing, traditional beadwork, sculpture, computer-generated images, animation, digitized sound, video and installation.

As I weave together ancient traditional beadwork with highly advanced skills in electronic arts, I fill each piece with the wisdom of my ancestors while also incorporating present-day struggles within the community. I use my own artistic to share with the viewer the story of where my ancestors began and the instructions of how we must lead our lives - maintaining balance, living in peace with everyone around us, respecting and loving nature and all living things.

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