By Joeseph ArnouxIn this room, the landscape stretches to engulf the viewer’s imagination. With the sun rising in the East, it blankets Chief Mountain which rises tallest on the North wall. Chief Mountain is a sacred site located on the Piikani (Blackfeet Nation) reservation in Montana. Down by the river on the West wall is a portrait of a Salishan (Spokane) man traditionally fishing. To the South stands a grizzly bear who has caught a salmon.
In this natural setting, I have incorporated both my Piikani (Blackfeet) and sp’q’n’i (Spokane) tribes. The story played out between the bear and man reveals that the man is concentrated on catching dinner, while the bear fully aware has his food in mouth. The underlying moral is that the earth has a working system, we as human beings need to accept that and adapt for success.
About Joseph ArnouxJoseph Arnoux was born in Spokane, WA and relocated in his youth to Holland, MI. He spent his adolescence in foster care with his two siblings, until emancipated. Arnoux is enrolled in the Piikani (Blackfeet Nation) of Northwest Montana from his father’s side. He also has sp’q’n’i (Spokane Tribe) lineage from his mother, located in Eastern Washington. Arnoux attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and CNM in Albuquerque, NM, studying Studio/Fine Arts. He currently resides in Albuquerque, where he steadily practices his artistic craft.
Most of his art relates to activism, nature, animals, and landscapes. His forte in art is illustrations through ink on paper. Arnoux enjoys mixing elements of art and symbolism to create contrast and balance. His goal in creating art is to continue learning new techniques to apply cohesively, improving each piece as he goes.
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