You are on Potawatomi Land
by Andrea Carlson (Ojibwe), June 2021
DCASE continues to activate and enliven the Chicago Riverwalk with the newest series of five large-scale paintings near Michigan Avenue. You are on Potawatomi Land is the largest public artwork to date by Andrea Carlson (Ojibwe), a visual artist currently living in Chicago. Conceived as a site-specific installation, “You Are on Potawatomi Land” states Carlson, “is a statement of fact. It is also a statement of perpetual belonging.”
Through painting and drawing, Andrea Carlson cites entangled cultural narratives and institutional authority relating to objects based on the merit of possession and display. Current research activities include Indigenous Futurism and assimilation metaphors in film. Her work has been acquired by institutions such as the British Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the National Gallery of Canada. Carlson was a 2008 McKnight Fellow, a 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors grant recipient, and a 2020 3Arts Make a Wave Artist. You Are on Potawatomi Land adorns the Riverwalk on Wacker Drive just east of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, above the Chicago First Lady dockside ticket booths.