Everything fell under a present moment experience, whether it was food or sound or interacting with somebody.
It felt almost as if I could enter any new space because I knew that I didn’t have to commit to anything.
Rail: That currency is so important as a teenager, even as an adult. © Jeffrey Gibson, courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; Kavi Gupta, Chicago; and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles.", 2018.
Acrylic on canvas, glass beads, and artificial sinew inset into wood frame, 82 x 74 x 2.5 inches.
My grandfather struggled with alcoholism in an impoverished place where many other people had also experienced a lot of pain and trauma.
He stopped drinking at the same time that he found God.
Rail: Your Cherokee and Choctaw heritage is commonly known, but I read that your grandparents on both sides of your families were also Southern Baptist ministers.
That’s a fascinating confluence of religious ideas and belief systems. Their stories are very similar and happened at similar times.
My father saw what his father did as a way of socially organizing people who had been torn apart.
That’s how religion was taught to me, as a way to bring people together and organize community.