Through works of two artists. The first of

Through this essay I intend to explore the role of personal identity within the works of two artists. The first of these artists is Bernardo Oyarzún, a Chilean sculptor who uses his unique perspective and position to give insight into the problems faced by the communities he grew up in that are often overlooked. He is specifically interesting as an artist when looking at identities as he began his work only after an unfortunate run in with police, because of his physical traits they detained him unnecessarily and caused him significant psychological harm. This experience caused his sudden turn into the art world where he works to improve the rights of the native Mapuche people of Chile. His goals as an artist are clear through the sculptures and photography works he makes, with police violence and tribal themes being prominent.My second artist is the painter Fritz Scholder, a well known painter of native american imagery. Scholder is one-quarter Luiseño and while he did not grow us as an American indian his life has given him a unique perspective that gives his work weight. His work looks at the way that dominant cultures absorb others and the guilt that this leaves the conquering cultures with, this is clear though his series of paintings ‘Real Indian’. this series was a highly controversial set of oil paintings show images of native americans in traditional tribal clothing with American flags and other signs of U.S influence in their culture such as beer cans and sunglasses. The main aspect i want to take from his work is the cultural guilt caused by becoming a dominant culture and how this affects the people within the culture, the ways we try to preserve these subjugated ways of life and how that trickles down into mainstream life, through curios and tourism and the salvage of art styles that is common within certain communities.These artists have been chosen by me because they both have unique perspectives from their own communities, i will use the works and quotations from these artists to inform and shape the exploration of cultural appropriation and ways that dominant cultures act to salvage and preserve minority ways of life and if this is a act of guilt, if this belittles the subjugated culture or allows it space to form itself into a new culture that can in turn salvage components from its conqueror’s own cultures. I will be looking at the positive and negative ways a society can view a minority people due to their historic cultures and ways, this impacts this had on art and these artists that i have chosen.In order to unpick the works of these two artists i will be using a related essay written by Joseph Traugott, this essay goes into great  detail discussing the idea of culture and the ways dominant cultures interact with subordinated cultures in society. He discusses techniques and styles used by native American artists and his writings will be particularly useful to me as he also is using the artist Fritz Scholder as a main component of his essay, by using this work as a reference we will be exploring the influences and background of Scholder’s works and looking at the ways his art was shaped by and has shaped public perception of native art. I will also be using a review “A Colonising Moment: A Review of Lisa Reihana: Emissaries” by? Talei Si’ilata that goes into depth about the issues faced by post-colonial countries and the art works of the people that have to live with injustice and persecution by governments that would rather they  Fritz Scholder was born in 1937 in Minnesota and was taught by Oscar Howe, a well known native American artist and Scholders early works were received very well and after he graduated he was offered the position of instructor in advanced painting and contemporary art history and it was during this time at the Institute of American indian arts that he created the series of works called ‘real indian’ these works were groundbreaking at the time, the images of Indians with beer cans and draped with American flags was shocking to an audience that was used to the more noble, positive