It Was Always Us! is a curated group exhibit including over 20 participating artists from Oklahoma and Arkansas. It includes visual artists, performance artists, musicians, chefs, jewelers, and writers. It exists virtually on this website and at Perrodin Supply Co. in Springdale, Arkansas from April 2-16, 2021.
Every participating artist has helped me come to a new understanding of self and has supported me in some way. By being in relation to these artists and/or their work, I have been able to grow. In appreciation for these relationships and the knowledge they have given me, I chose to platform each of their work in a physical and virtual space via this exhibit.
By creating a place and experience to point to, my hope is to create a new way for others to locate themselves in relation with this exhibit.
Collaborative performance piece
Running Time 5 minutes 24 seconds
Kalyn Fay Barnoski, Hanna Barnoski, Phillip Barnoski, Chris Combs, Kyle Bell
We Find Each Other was filmed at Verdigris Middle School in Verdigris, OK, by Kyle Bell, Mvskoke filmmaker. The sound piece is a collaboration between Kalyn Fay Barnoski and Chris Combs, musician from Tulsa, OK. The performance includes Kalyn Fay Barnoski, Hanna Barnoski, and Phillip Barnoski playing basketball while jerseys displaying different lines of a villanelle are removed and worn until the poem finishes. The villanelle is read aloud while each line is revealed. The piece is about the platforms where we recognize each others spirits, how we see ourselves reflected, where and how we percieve each other. This was especially poignant for me when I played basketball. It’s where I built strong relationships with others through a shared goal, through accomplishments, through loss. The court is where my sister, father, and I would practice for many hours throughout the week. It’s where I learned to strive for and look for Indigenous excellence, both on and off the court. Basketball is an experience and a space I point to when I remember how I came to perceive who I am.
Collaborative photo, sound, text piece
Running Time Varies
Kalyn Fay Barnoski, Phillip Barnoski
At the Creek, You Live Forever was recorded at Caney Creek, Bathtub Rocks, and on the road between the two in Tahlequah, OK. It is an audio and text archive of stories told by Phillip Barnoski, along with photos and sound by Kalyn Fay Barnoski. The piece is about self-locating using people and places. I learned morality, I learned patience, I learned how to exist in reciprocity with nature thorugh the stories my dad told me when we go to the creek. Both the places and the person were influential in how I understand the world, today.
Digital and physical archive of conversation
Risograph and hot-stamped foil publication, Series of 19. 4.25in x 5.5in
Kalyn Fay Barnoski, Lydia Cheshewalla, KB Huber
NDN Tacos for Dinner is a recorded and transcribed conversation over a dinner of NDN tacos between Lydia Cheshewalla (Osage), KB Huber (Otoe) and Kalyn Fay Barnoski (Cherokee, Muscogee). This piece is about the knowledge you gain when you choose to be in relation with broader community. It is about sharing space with people, sharing time with people, sharing stories, ideas, and laughter with people. It is about the nuance of conversation and creating an archive for people to look back on. We learn by being in relation with one another, we can understand ourselves and our perspectives better by looking back on recorded moments of those who come before us.