Inspiration from My Ancestors

Kristen Dorsey

Though Kristen Dorsey was born and raised in Los Angeles, far from the majority of her people, her Chickasaw heritage still holds great meaning. She explains that her artwork is a conduit for the voices and stories of her ancestors— but her main inspiration comes from her Chickasaw grandfather, whose struggles in the earlier part of the century make her grateful for a world that allows her to be exactly who she is.


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