In his ongoing series of paintings, North Carolina-based artist Marcus Dunn explores problematic history – the United States system of re-education camps for Native American children.
Dunn’s images are derived partly from documentary photographs of these “boarding schools” which generations of Native people were forced to attend during the late 19th and early 20th century.
With broken brushwork and a muted color palette, Dunn’s paintings evoke a sense of faded memory while bringing attention to a critically overlooked part of American history.
Dunn descends from Tuscarora and Pee Dee tribal heritage. He earned his MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and currently teaches at Richmond Community College and the University of North Carolina, Pembroke.
Re/educated will be displayed in the Waters Gallery from August 22 through December 2, 2022.