Matoaka: Deconstructing Pocahontas – Presenting Mrs. Rebecca Rolfe

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Matoaka: Deconstructing Pocahontas – Presenting Mrs. Rebecca Rolfe

This painting was completed in the spring of 2014.

It is a mixed media piece on wood panel and consists of acrylic paint, paper, cheesecloth, oil pencil, charcoal, embossing tape, and rub-on vinyl letters.

The dimensions of this painting are 48” x 32” x 1.5” (122cm x 81cm x 4cm).

Appellation: Pocahontas Yellow

This artwork is part of an ongoing series called Deconstructing Pocahontas and is dedicated to Matoaka; or Pocahontas, as she is more popularly known. Over the past 400 years, Pocahontas has taken on different identities through oral and written history, the arts, and modern mass media. The true story of her life, her disappearance, and her death remains unknown. As a result, she is shaped and reshaped to fit Western ideologies while her true identity is ignored.

Four hundred years later, the cycle continues as many Indigenous women are murdered and go missing without reparation. It is important to recognize and commemorate these women.

In this series I deconstruct Pocahontas so we can honour Matoaka of the Powhatan Nation; and accordingly, honour today’s missing Indigenous women for who they really are - a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a cousin, a friend, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a member of their community...

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