The Making of “I WANNA STAY HERE WITH YOU FOREVER”

Now on view in the exhibition To Be Determined, artist Jeffrey Gibson’s commissioned sculpture I WANNA STAY HERE WITH YOU FOREVER references themes of struggle, resilience, indigenous aesthetics, and the body. A member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee, Gibson draws on the cultural hybridity of his own Native and queer identities to reflect on the experiences of love, fear, care, and longing in this work, part of a series of beaded punching bag sculptures. Take a behind-the-scenes look at how this work was created in his studio, from initial mockup to finished piece.


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