Dante Biss-Grayson, artist
Caught in the Storm, 2020
Oil on canvas
Art in the time of Covid has inspired me to diversify and explore new areas of expression. It is all about perspective, seeing the world go through such turmoil has shown us that art is indeed needed in the world. At first, people knew that arts were the first to go during a major global economic downturn, but eventually, the work I created, it made me realize that art can heal, that art can give a voice to how people have dealt with the pandemic, and how the need to heal is vital in the recovery of communities.
Dante Biss-Grayson for the Sky Eagle Collection
400 Ribbon Skirt, 2020
100% Cavalli silk, satin ribbon, and embroidered lace overlay
This piece is from my 400 Ribbon Skirt Project. I designed 400 ribbon skirts for the Sky Eagle Collection who donated all of them to battered women’s shelters on reservations in the USA and Canada. The idea is to create medicine bundles with 1 or 4 skirts and the hope is that these bundles give good medicine to the recipient.
In support of Missing Murdered Indigenous Women’s (MMIW) Advocacy groups, the Sky-Eagle Collection has donated to many advocacy groups with the goal to provide action to the MMIW epidemic. The intention is to empower and give hope to those who are in need of support, and hopefully their medicine bundles will get them to the next step in healing.
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