Created by Taho Art Studio, Rock Rapids, IA
Title: Treasures Taken: History Gone
Organizer: Mrs. Hoppe
Materials and techniques: Canvas, acrylic, yarn, thread, and beads.
Did you enjoy this project? This project was as much of a statement about preservation of artifacts and archeological sites as it was a discovery of my own feelings and beliefs about the need to keep historic discoveries safe.
About: Doing the right thing may not always be the easy thing to do but many times it is. Righteousness is a worthy cause, and when humankind’s record of history and culture, as discovered through artifacts, is tampered with and disrespected, all suffer the negative consequences. Doing the right thing is preserving archeological sites and artifacts so that the maps of humankind’s histories can be thoroughly and accurately documented.
This artwork is about the gaps in cultural history that come about when of archeological sites are damaged by vandals and thieves. The four canvas panels are all painted with a mixture of the same three colors of acrylic but at different times. The result is four similar colors but none exactly alike, similar to archeological sites themselves. All four panels are stitched together in symbolism of the cultural histories that are stitched together through finds at these sites. The gap in the center of the artwork represents the gaps in cultural histories when sites are affected by crime. The stitching on each of the panels represents the mapping of finds within a site. However, the lines on these maps are jagged and irregular to symbolize the alteration of a linear history that comes when artifacts are moved or taken without first being accurately documented. Some lines are simply dead ends.
The righteous thing to do is preserve archeology sites and the finds of those sites. Without proper care for these sites and respect for such finds, humankind will find gaps in their records of cultural histories that may never have a chance to be explained otherwise.