I come from a longline of Choctaw story tellers, as such, many stories have been entrusted to me to safeguard and share with the next generation so that my peoples’ history won’t be forgotten. For many years I have been fascinated by the relationship between the individual and the culture they inhabit. My work comes from a desire to connect the old and discarded with the current in a way that visually asks questions and creates discussions. To this end, I cut apart old paintings on canvas and hand sew them into a larger quilt consisting of geometric patterns and figural work that is painted over with oil, acrylic, and oil pastels.
My process pays tribute to the craftswomen and men who taught me to sew and work with my hands, and the use of my hand is an integral component of my work. The subject of the painting varies from contemporary to past issues, both at the community and personal level, and dictates how the canvas is sewn together. Once assembled, the canvas remains unstretched and is covered with oil paint. Stylistically, I work to reject tropes and expectations of what constitutes Native American art in favor of creating pieces that are uniquely mine as an individual, contemporary Native American artist.
Sean McCoy is an artist currently living and working in Lincoln, Nebraska. Through painting and printmaking he explores his connection to his Native American heritage and the dynamic that exists between the individual and what it means to be a part of the Native American community. He does this through paintings that focus on historical and contemporary issues facing the Indigenous community, and printmaking that focuses on traditional Native American stories and mythologies. He is currently working towards the completion of his BFA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with an anticipated graduation date of December 2020. Sean has exhibited work in both group and solo exhibitions in Lincoln.