About the Print
American Born April 28, 1945 in Susanville, CA
About the Artist
Native American artist and activist Jean LaMarr was born in Susanville, California. She is a member of the Paiute and Pit River Tribes and is most known for her murals, prints, dioramas, sculptures, and interactive installations and has been featured in various museums and towns. LaMarr studied at San Jose City, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Kala Institute.
She was inspired by California’s Chicano mural and printmaking movement and embraced printmaking as a vehicle for political art. In 1986, LaMarr founded the Native American Graphic Workshop. Her 1989 Cover Girl series utilized printmaking to reclaim images of American Indian women.
She taught at the College of Marin, San Francisco State University, the California College of Arts and Crafts, Lassen Community College, California Correctional Center, and the Institute of American Indian Art. She lives and works in Susanville, California. A retrospective of her art opened at the Nevada Art Museum in 2019.
Suggested Topics for Portraiture (in studio art and art history education), Visual Narratives, and Expressive Writing
Portraiture (in studio art and art history education), Visual Narratives, Expressive Writing:
The use of words or a combination of words, symbols, and human images to convey deeply felt emotions.
Questions to Consider
Creative people — artists, musicians, dancers, and writers — often create new works bearing witness to the death of a loved one, especially when it is a tragic death or the result of a catastrophic event like an environmental or health disaster such as COVID-19.