Mixed Media: Scanned Navajo Textiles, Canvas Print, Pine, Yarn.
This work depicts a typical headshot taken for school portraits, sourced from the artists collection of old family photos. It was created to serve as a statement of reclaiming Indigenous identity despite the attempted erasure of Native American knowledge and identity through the implementation of Indian Boarding Schools in the United States through the late 19th and 20th centuries. The traditional Navajo loom structure was handcrafted from pine and yarn and polished for a smooth finish and the portrait itself was rendered digitally.
In creating all her portraits Darby Raymond-Overstreet works from photographs, creating a digital drawing upon which she integrates photographs/scans of Navajo weavings woven between 1880 and1950. The portrait is printed onto canvas with archival inks and integrated into the loom with yarn, a style unique to Raymond-Overstreet’s work. This particular portrait was made with a Second Phase Chief Blanket. All of the Loom Portraits made by Darby Raymond-Overstreet are crafted to easily hang on a single nail.