Blankets and photography combine for Douglas Miles’ exhibition, ‘Blessing’
Feb. 13, 2018
Douglas Miles, an artist and filmmaker, printed his photos on fleece blankets to create unique art, which is now being showcased in the “Blessing” exhibition at the Arizona Capitol Museum.
“Native Americans have always lived out in rural areas,” Miles says. “Blankets have allowed Native Americans to survive… Blankets represent physically and spiritually a blessing.”
Miles says he got the idea from hanging out at a swap meet. He saw blankets with images of Tupac, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Bob Marley printed on them, but he wasn’t impressed. Instead, it gave him the idea that his own art would look good on a blanket.
Photos of his family are a common theme in Miles’ work. His pieces also highlight details of the Native American community.
Miles started creating art when his son bought a plain skateboard and he decided to add Native American designs to it. It led to Miles working with the Apache Skateboard Team.
Tray Polk, a skateboarder on the team and a friend of Miles, says his art has helped him understand and be proud of where he came from. He says it made him feel empowered after knowing that his people have been pushed aside for hundreds of years.
“All good art comes from not just the creative drive of the human spirit, but the creative cry of the human spirit,” Miles says. “When we get the help we need, we get the strength we need, we go on to build a better community and society ourselves.”
For more information about the Arizona Capitol Museum and when you can visit the exhibition, go here.