SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) – Jerry Fogg is a Native American artist who shares the history and stories of his culture through multimedia art.
“He tells a story like all his works of art, there is a meaning, there is a meaning that attracts in that person, attracts the person while looking at that piece. He has the mind to think about art and history. Tell a story, ”Ross Lothrop, Canton Native Kindergarten Story Facilitator.
“I collect things, I put them together, I assemble them. From now on they tell a story or a fable, a myth, a legend, a part of the story of our past, our present and perhaps our future, “said Jerry.
He is a member of the Yankton Sioux tribe who grew up on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation.
“It was the culture and traditions of my people that I was so proud of. I looked at other Native American artists making beautiful works of art and said I’ll become like that one of these days, ”Jerry said.
Inspired by his environment in which he grows up, Jerry creates his works of art through tactile and tangible objects that he arranges in a way that provokes thought.
“Being out in the country, you collect sticks, whatever you can find. Antiques, you find them here and there and you put them together and you say well this is perhaps a piece of history, “Jerry said.
Jerry has created one-of-a-kind pieces since he was young and has won numerous awards over the years, including Artist of the year at Flandreau Indian School and Best of Show, Artists of the Plains in Sioux Falls.
“Jerry is well known across the state, in fact, his piece Hiawatha traveled with the governor’s exhibit for over a year here a couple of years ago. His name is recognized not only in this immediate area, but I really believe throughout the country, “Lothrop said.
He is using his art as a vehicle for the voices of those who can no longer share their stories.
“I am not a protester, and I am not a person who expects anything from what has happened in our past. What I like to do is let people be aware of it, recognize that it happened. And make him feel it’s a tragedy for Native Americans. And I’m here to help prove it, ”Jerry said.
Hoping to create an open dialogue with the viewer, Jerry always creates his next piece, with a mission to inspire and educate.
“I consider myself not only an artist but also a teacher. Whenever I can get someone to listen, understand and understand, I succeed in what I do, ”Jerry said.
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