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I've a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore
  • Chris Pappan
    born 1971
    born: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
  • I've a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore, date unknown
  • acrylic on Masonite™ panel
  • Canvas/Support: 48 x 32 in
  • Not on display
  • EL2011.013
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Passages: Persistent Visions of a Native Place," Sep-2011, Nancy Mahaney
The two works presented here present a highly skilled depiction of Little Bear. The drawing, on antique ledger paper, serves as a figure study for the final work. In the painting of Little Bear, Pappan utilizes the image of the railroad poster advertising native lands creating a juxtaposition of person and place as defined within the context of relocation.
When researching old maps of Kansas I came across an advertisement showing the fertile lands of Kansas and that it was “opened for settlement.” This painting reproduces that advertisement on a large scale with an image of Little Bear once again showing the “other side” of the equation. The title is a direct reference to “The Wizard of Oz,” which I have re-contextualized for my own agenda.
Chris Pappan, 2011