Materiality of Place

The Women of Brush Creek (2018)

Rebecca Schultz at Council Rock

The Women of Brush Creek, cotton muslin, deer and antelope hide, May 2018

A temporary site-specific installation created along Brush Creek in Carbon County, Wyoming. The canvas strips bound to and woven tightly around the trees and bushes evokes the European-American women who settled in this area in the 18th century; the strips of deer and antelope hide draped around and integrated into the landscape evoke women from the Arapaho tribe who lived in this area, who were responsible for making clothing and other items from these hides. The hides were sourced from the taxidermy shop in Saratoga, Wyoming; working with them engendered a more contemplative way of engaging with my materials, an honoring of the living beings that they came from.