Artist: Gregg Deal of Peyton, CO
Artist statement: Much of my work deals with Indigenous issues, protest and representation, occupying space in ways that are simultaneously beautiful, unexpected and difficult. My desire with this project was to create something that is undeniably Indigenous, but something that can belong to the city of Colorado Springs as well. This mural raises questions about the inherent invisibility of Indigenous people, specifically referencing the abnormally high rate at which Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit individuals go missing or are murdered. This is an issue in El Paso County and around the nation. With this portrait of my oldest daughter, I hope to move the viewer and open up dialogue within the local community.
Medium type: Paint (acrylic, oil, etc.)