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Exhibition Review: Sarah Sense, Power Lines

Sarah Sense, Charles, 2022

Power Lines engages with the forced physical assimilation of Native people and a process of psychological assimilation through the artifice of Hollywood and popular culture. With a nod to the growing field of Indigenous Futures, Sense’s works gesture in multiple directions, through the past and present, as well as toward a generative space of future preservation and possibility. She transforms source material, including colonial letters and maps from the archives of the British Library, into contemporary artifacts that allude to the retrieval of ancestral ways of being. The mathematics at play in the work, represented by the numbers inherent in weaving patterns, offer a further form of meaning in an increasingly uncertain world.

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