Tribe: Confederated Tribes of the Colville (Okanogan / Arrow Lakes)
Based In: Tacoma, WA
Social Media: @ryanfeddersen
About the Art
Bison Stack Crane ties the mass slaughter of the bison, and systemic removal of Native peoples from their lands, to current continuing trends of rapid redevelopment and displacement of people and animals in many of America’s major urban centers. The imagery adds layers of meaning to an unattributed photograph from the mid-1870s, where two settlers are shown atop and before a mountain of bison skulls. In Bison Stack Crane, the men are removed and replaced by a more contemporary symbol of irresponsible development and displacement, the tower crane.
About the Artist
RYAN! Elizabeth Feddersen b.1984 Confederated Tribes of the Colville (Okanogan /Arrow Lakes /German /English) is a mixed-media installation artist who specializes in interactive and immersive artworks that invite audience engagement. She was born and raised in Wenatchee, WA. Feddersen received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Cornish College of the Arts in 2009, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She remained in Seattle for approximately ten years while working as an artist, studio assistant, and arts administrator, before relocating to Tacoma, WA, where she is now based with her husband and two cats; Brock, Gonzo, and Gamma Ray. She was inspired to create interactive and temporary artworks as a way to honor an Indigenous perspective on the relationship between artist and community. Her approach emphasizes humor, play, and creative engagement to create opportunities for personal introspection and discovery. Feddersen has created large-scale interactive installations and site-specific pieces throughout the region, working with Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Tacoma Art Museum, MoPOP (EMP), The Henry Gallery, Museum of Northwest Art, Spokane Arts, Spaceworks, and the Missoula Art Museum. Recently, Feddersen was named a 2018 National Fellow in Visual Arts with the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.