My artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. Over the past year, I have photographed mostly Native American women and women wrapped in an American flag. Each woman has shared their complex relationship with the U.S. flag and how it has changed in the past four years. One portrait I've submitted is of my mother, Marilyn Thibodeau, wrapped in a flag. My mother’s parents were from our reservation in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. We are tribal members of the Ojbewa tribe. Although most of our land and resources were stolen from our people by the US government, my family remains loyal to the American flag, which to us represents democracy.
Each of my photo projects often consists of multiple works, in a range of different media styles, grouped around a specific theme. During research and production of one project, new areas of interest arise and lead me to my next body of work.