The Protector

by Jonathan Kipp Becker



2016 saw mass protest against the Dakota Pipeline that intended to destroy sacred land belonging to the indigenous peoples of North America and pose a n environmental threat to us all.  I came across a picture of a young Native American man standing atop a hill in protest.  His log beautiful black hair was blowing in the strong cold winds.  That image inspired this piece.

This piece is made of gypsum plaster, resins, hardeners, and acrylic paint.

Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn’t make a corporation a terrorist.”

- Winona Laduke, Anishinaabe
The Protector