Janae Grass’ work reflects the traditional art forms and practices that were nearly lost during the removal of the Sac & Fox people from the Great Lakes area to Oklahoma. Ribbonwork and applique designs, as well as traditional beadwork designs, are at the forefront of her current body of work, highlighting the stories and strength of the people who were able to keep these practices alive. By painting designs that would traditionally be made from fabric, Janae strives for a more permanent occupation in modern spaces where these types of designs are seen as historical rather than contemporary art. Like many indigenous artists, her goal is to encourage the change of perception that indigenous art is stagnant and unchanging.
Image - Janae Grass, Red Dress, 2020, 16” x 20”, Acrylic on Canvas