BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Bowling Green State University student Jessie Walton has a virtual art installation on campus titled the “Revolution Booth” she is inviting the public to view.
She plans to graduate in May 2021 with bachelor’s degree in fine arts and her thesis work is focused on “bringing education and acknowledgment of the Native community to the outside community.” She also hopes to bring attention to the disenfranchisement of Native people “countless times throughout history” from treaty loopholes to the prioritization of pipelines and oil.
“My installation, the ‘Revelation Booth,’ turned the majority of thinking into the minority, putting the viewers into a headspace to consider their own privilege and be thankful for it and what they can do with it to help others,” she said. “The ‘Revolution Booth’ serves as an epitome to bring an understanding to the viewers outside the Indigenous community to understand their privilege, to see the hardships, confusion and solemnness through the installation and create this self-aware feeling, to call to change the viewer’s perspectives, to be motivated to change their own thinking.”
Walton said she wants the public to understand Native American communities are still alive and relevant and are not “just simple text in history books or objects and customs for appropriation.”
“We are not a category that is labeled ‘other’ or ‘something else’ on election percentages or document papers. We are Native, we are human,” she said. “This is the importance for creating the ‘Revolution Booth.’ It immerses the viewer in their own internal thinking yet provides external context to language, type, digital screens and voices.”
Walton used Cherokee and English for her installation.
“The fusion (of languages) elevates the coercion of my own heritage, how I never learned the language of my ancestors and felt the pressure of outside change to modernity while also helping the outside communities understand what is being relayed through the English language,” she said.
People can visit her website, www.jessiewal10.com, for information about the art installation and to view an interactive video. The public can also visit https://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/school-of-art/galleries/past-exhibitions1/spring-2021/bfa-2021/Jessie-Walton.html to view a virtual gallery, which is open until April 7.