University Museums

Title: Jackstraw
Name: Lithograph
Date: 1999
Medium: Lithograph on white Thai Mulberry paper
Country/Culture: Native American - Navajo
Dimensions: 22 x 30 in. (55.9 x 76.2 cm)
Classification: Prints and Printing Plates
Credit Line: Gift of Diane Greenlee for the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women in Politics. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Location: Iowa State University, Carrie Chapman Catt Hall, Exterior, South
Object Number: U2003.35
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When I did this print I was thinking particularly about the West, since this is a print for the Women of the West Museum. Jackstraw refers to something or someone perceived of as worthless or barren. While the far West was being exuberantly settled, the U.S. government considered the midsection relatively worthless and relegated it to the Native people. For me, this land is important. It is what shaped and what sustained people.

This work was a continuation of looking at a particular geography of the West. The colors certainly reflect that. I was thinking of the prairie--the colors in the print remind me of the high desert country. This is the color that comes to mind when I think of the word jackstraw. It is also the texture I think of when I think of prairie--kind of grubby, bleached out, dry grass.

--Emmi Whitehorse