Work > Red Roots Series

This body of work challenges and questions the way American culture defines and determines race. The specific images are symbols for the ways that either our popular culture or our scientific/academic culture have used specify the race of a given individual. Skin, hair, facial features, and bloodline have all been explored and exploited as ways to include or exclude people from one category or another. Individually, the woodblock printed images either consciously use these stereotypes as a critique of their absurdity or explore the issues through more personal history and narratives. As a whole, the work should tell a tale of the unique history of race in American culture.

Woodblock print with chromosomes, profile of a face, and a world map by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
22.5" x 22.5"
2010
Woodblock print with chromosomes and a family tree made up of spinning tops by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
22.5" x 22.5"
2010
Woodblock print with chromosomes and a family tree by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
22.5" x 22.5"
2010
Woodblock print of a spinning Milton Bradley Color Top by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
22.5" x 22.5"
2010
Woodblock print of the top of a Milton Bradley Color Top by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
22.5" x 22.5"
2010
4 Woodblock/lithography prints that can be rotated by Kristin Powers Nowlin
Woodblock and Polyester Plate Lithography on paper, and Metal Brad
20" x 15"
2010
Three-color woodblock print of two arms and toy spinning top by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
11" x 15"
2011
Woodblock print on paper of a family tree and chromosomes by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
10" x 14"
2010
Woodblock print of coffee cup and two creamers by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
22.5" x 22.5"
2010
Woodblock print of a brown paper bag by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
22.5" x 22.5"
2010