My name is Seth Thomas Sutton (miingahn naaniibwik // Standing Wolf) and I am raising funds to assist with the expenses for publication of a new research project and resulting publication, Indigenous Image Makers: A Critical Visual Analysis of Indigenous Art. (its current working title).
Who is Seth Thomas Sutton??
I am an Indigenous artist, activist, scholar and full-time faculty member and chair of the Arts & Humanities Department at Montcalm Community College in Sidney, MI. I currently hold Masters of Arts in Visual Arts & Critical Studies degree from Kendall College of Art and Design. In school, my concentration was post-colonial theory, critical race theory, semiotics, and cultural criticism.
I enjoy reading and researching a wide array of subjects, including: Western Art History, Art theory, Art criticism, Color Theory, Semiotics, Philosophy, Anthropology, Archeoastronomy, Indigenous cultures, decolonization of academia, Identity, Mythology, Visual Studies, Visual Rhetoric, Sociology, Psychology, Ethics, Eastly and Pre-historic American History, to name a few! HAHA!
What is the book about?
This project will be an in depth critical visual analysis of contemporary Indigenous art and a social critique on Western artistic culture.
I will begin the book with an analysis of contemporary culture, adding contextual information and theoretical modes of analysis pursuant to the subject of the research. The body of the book will develop and apply the theoretical lenses to a number of chosen artifacts, artworks, etc, through visual analysis. the summation of information will then be examined and extrapolated upon, giving the reader a better understanding and ability to read the visual language and better comprehend the meanings/ power visual images can hold.
Where Will your Donations Go?
Great Question! Your generous contributions will go towards the follow expenses:
• The physical publication/reproduction/distribution costs of the book through LuLu.com
• Copy editing and corrections of the text
• Vocal recordings of the book for audible and other audio-book platforms
• Field research and travel expenses (art gallery admissions, hotel fees, research materials, etc…)
I love the freedom and flexibility that self-publishing offers, however, the high costs of print media are major obstacles in the path to publication. this is why I need your help!
My Gift to YOU for your support:
ANY AND ALL donations, big or small, is one step closer to letting this research see the light of day. That said, as a way for me to personally express my gratitude, I want you to include you in my book! As a way to let the world know that you helped to get this book published, for those of you who contribute:
$100 - Your name will be listed in a section acknowledging your support
$200 - Your name will be listed in a section acknowledging your support & will be highlighted with a special thank you.
$400 - Your name will be listed in a "special acknowledgments" section & you will receive a signed first edition by that author.
$500 - Your name will be listed in a "special acknowledgments" section & you will receive a signed first edition by the author with a custom message for you or your loved one & and FREE audio book version.
$1000 - Your name will be listed in a "very special thank you" section, a signed first edition by the author with a custom message for you or your loved one, a free audio book version, a signed copy of Seth’s first book, A Deconstruction of Chief Blackhawk: A Critical Analysis of Mascots & the Visual Rhetoric of the Indian & a personal book reading for you and guests. (Think along the lines of a house concert...only with a book). *
*Travel limitations will be enforced and within reasonable travel distances from the author. Due to Covid, virtual book readings are also an option.
What Does Your Support Mean to Me?
The world. Your support means the world to me. Any amount of contributions is greatly appreciated and 100% of the donated funds exceeding the goal with go towards Indigenous based educational resources for further research inquires.
Chi'miigwetch! (Thank you very much!) for your support!
miingahn naaniibwik. Seth.