Senior Landecker Fellow DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren has recently been mentioned in one of Van Every|Smith Galleries Instagram post for his contribution in a new outdoor work.
The artwork called “Unshadowed Land” is a new outdoor piece created by artist Nicholas Galanin. It consists of exposed soil in the shape of the shadow of the monument to Andrew Jackson currently standing at Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.
The Instagram post seeks to explain why Catawba corn has been chosen for the work. As described in the post, “Corn was the staple food of Indigenous people east of the Mississippi River, and along with beans and squash, these “three sisters” provided the majority of calories consumed by Native people and profoundly shaped Southern cuisine for settlers and the enslaved.”
Catawba corn was also chosen for this piece following a conversation with DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren and Dr. Brooke Bauer who explain its medicinal significance, historic status as a staple crop and current efforts for its reintroduction.
Learn more on “Unshadowed Land” on this Instagram post.
DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren is one of thirty 2020-2021 Landecker Democracy Fellows. This Fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the Fellowship here.