Life as a cattle rancher inspires Gerald Clarke’s branded series of prints, which are created using a custom-made branding iron on paper and books written about Native American history. The scorched outline of a map of the United States represents the collective amnesia its residents have about their country's violent origins. Clarke says, “The current immigration debate puzzles me. Unless you’re Native, you come from immigrants.”
Gerald Clarke (b. Hemet, California, USA, 1967, based on the Cahuilla Indian Reservation) is an artist, university professor, cowboy and Cahuilla tribal leader. He is known for deriving inspiration from his heritage and expressing traditional ideas in contemporary forms — mixed-media sculptures, paintings, works on paper, videos, performances and installations — that are at once poetic and politically urgent. Clarke’s artistic output resonates with histories of assemblage, pop, and conceptual art produced by both Native and non-Native artists.
This limited-edition t-shirt was made in collaboration with the artist for Desert X 2023.
100% of profits benefit Desert X.
original art by Desert X artist, Gerald Clarke
- unisex, short sleeve, crewneck with an oversized fit
- garment dyed, lightweight, 4.3 oz., 100% organic, ringspun and compacted cotton
- made in the USA
Decorated in the Coachella Valley by our other half, Windmill City Screen Printing.
Designed by Carlton DeWoody.
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