The National Indian Child Welfare Association is pleased to present the winning artwork for our 32nd Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Life Lines Within Family, by Topaz Jones (Shoshone/Lummi/Kalapuya/ Mollala).
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest helped define the artistic vision of Jones. She is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker with a degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Of the winning artwork she explains, “This painting is about the dimensional layers of life. The Milky Way is the ancestors watching over us. The gold scratch marks in teal symbolize tears of joy. Sunrise is birth. Sunset is rest. Culture is identified throughout the design. All are human experiences that I have depicted through elements of nature. In the forefront I have painted my family standing together symbolizing strength in unity.”