Anishinaabe Artist Paula B. Sayers
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Her artwork is dedicated to helping preserve ancient methods of Native American painting for future generations.
Paula’s traditional pictographs and her more stylized art are the result of inspiration and encouragement from her parents, and studying with Ojibwe elders in the U.S. and Canada.
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Paula Sayers paints Native American pictographs in the style of her North American ancestors using natural materials like red ochre, whenever possible. She also works in stylized versions of pictographic images inspired by Norval Morrisseau. Her work helps to keep alive this important cultural tradition. Mashkikiike, (she makes medicine).
Prehistoric rock art is usually separated into two categories, the first being pictographs, which were created by painting images onto the surface of rocks using natural pigments. The second type; petroglyphs are created by incising or chipping the rock surface with stone tools, sometimes referred to as ‘pecking.’ Paula paints pictographs.
Painting with red ochre is one of the oldest art forms on earth. Since the dawn of man, early peoples have used red earth mixed with various substances to create images we call pictographs. As a traditional artist, Paula honors ancient protocols, taught to her by tribal elders, whenever she is harvesting the red pigment.