It’s a bird… It’s a plane… No, it’s… a basket lid. Although she employs traditional Onondaga and Micmac basketry forms, the material used by artist Gail Tremblay is anything but. This basket, titled “Since High School My Most Wanted Has Been to See Roles for Red Leaders … Among All the Images of Blacks & Whites on the Silver Screen,” is made of 35mm film, red leader (material used at the beginning of a film to thread it through the projector), silver yarn and metallic braid. Tremblay’s work was part of the recent “Weave: Contemporary Northwest Coast Weavers” exhibition at Stonington Gallery in Seattle. Tremblay, who used trailers for the films “High School High” and “Most Wanted,” says she “enjoyed the notion of recycling film and gaining control over a medium that had been used by both Hollywood and documentary filmmakers to stereotype American Indians.” To see the entire basket, check out the summer issue online and click on Parting Shot. For more information about Tremblay and the gallery, which specializes in work by Northwest Coast artists, especially Native Americans, go to www.stoningtongallery.com
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