Ghost Tribe- To find a spiritual connection to a culture that no longer exists.
                       
                             
                 
                             
   

Brice Salek

Title:Rainbow Warrior
Date: 2015
Medium: Oil Paint on Wood
Size: 33 x 24 in. ( 84 x 61 cm )

 

Brice Salek

Title:Tusk
Date: 2015
Medium: Oil Paint on Wood
Size: 33 x 24 in. ( 84 x 61 cm )

 

Brice Salek

Title:Egg
Date: 2015
Medium: Oil Paint on Wood
Size: 24 x 24 in. ( 61 x 61 cm )

 

Brice Salek

Title:Breath
Date: 2015
Medium: Oil Paint on Wood
Size: 24 x 15 in. ( 61 x 38 cm )

 

Brice Salek

Title:Untitled
Date: 2015
Medium: Oil Paint on Wood
Size: 24 x 24 in. ( 61 x61 cm )

 

Brice Salek

Title:Spirit Face
Date: 2015
Medium: Oil Paint on Wood
Size: 24 x 24 in. ( 61 x 61 cm )

   
                             
                             
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I approached this series conceptually. If your entire race was eradicated through genocide and you found yourself alive in the world without a past, how would you create your spiritual history?

Have you ever taken a DNA test? I’ll get back to that in a moment. I recall being taught a story growing up about the Spanish colonization of Puerto Rico. It’s common knowledge now that the Spanish Europeans committed the act of genocide upon the Native Americans there, the Taino Indians. This genocide was the destruction of an entire race of people, the destruction of a culture and the extinction of the indigenous society that had existed there, a culture that had undoughtedly survived for some thousands of years.

I decided one day to take a DNA test on my mother’s side out of curiosity. When I received the results of that DNA test the genetic markers indicated my mother was 98% Taino Indian, the group of people who once inhabited the Caribbean world, in my case the island of Puerto Rico. After the Spanish conquest of the Americas, a small group of Taino Indians survived along the island’s hills. Somehow they conserved their ancestral lineage. As little is actually known about their culture today, the testimony of this lineage is alive in my DNA. With the understanding of my DNA genealogy, I opened a personal connection to this lost Native American heritage.

Growing up in Los Angeles, far removed from any Native American relationships, I thought about my ancestry. With these DNA results, confirming I am the descendant of this Native Tribe of Taino Indians, I looked around, thought to myself, and concluded perhaps I am a tribe of one in this modern land I inhabit. Conceptualizing this idea became the basis for this series of art work. I’ve created this series of work, not in the sense of feeling alone, but with an idealogical posturing for creating a native ancestry of the spirit world from the beginning of time. This is the story of my ancestors from my isolated perspective and from my solitary spiritual world. This is my representation of the spiritual deities of this lost civilization.

I present to you these 6 paintings, my series of art works for 2015. I call these paintings Ghost Tribe.

   
         
         

 

    - process for creating Ghost Tribe      
           
       
           
    - notebook