"Navajo artist Edward Singer's 2008 painting 'Dear Downwinder' on the cover captures the essence of [Fox's] study---the problematic intersection of bodies and radioactive contamination."
-Leisl Carr Childers, University of Northern Iowa, Environmental History, July 2015
Ed Singer's exquisite painting "I Am Downwind" vividly embodies the stories of Downwind: A People's History , depicting the movement of toxins from nuclear testing and uranium extraction into the landscape and bodies of downwind residents. The figure in the painting grounds the viewer in the perspective of the radiation-affected peoples, and in a particular landscape: Singer's family homeland on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, near Grey Mountain and the Little Colorado River (seen just to the left of the man's leg in the painting). From the artist's biography: "born in Tuba City, A.Z., [Singer] attended boarding schools in Arizona and Utah, continuing his study of fine art in college at Southern Utah State College and Northern Arizona University. His earnest academic commitment to art history and skillful handling of old master techniques led Singer out of the reservation and into the rapidly developing contemporary art community surrounding his life as a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. It was there that his confidence grew out from the material surface of image into content driven compositions. Since then international acclaim from collectors and art critics continues to acknowledge his work for it's contemporary blend of political, Native American driven content and old-master technique. He says that the most meaningful commendations come from the Native friends, family and colleagues that are the core subject of his work. As such, he is sensitive to the stereotype that exists in many southwestern painting collections and works to eliminate all references to demeaning caricatures in landscape as well as figurative compositions. His work is found in corporate, private and museum collections throughout the U.S. and Europe, and in the humble hogans neighboring his home on Gray Mountain. 'My portfolio offers an opportunity,' he says, 'for Diné to participate in our own pride, to see ourselves as we are today – alive, thriving, secure in our Navajo way of being.'" Learn more about Ed Singer and view more of his remarkable art here.