Artists at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle use a portrait of an indigenous woman on the base of their glass sculpture.

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Pohlman, who has been collaborating with Knowles for 23 years, said they use a screen printing technique and fire glass enamels to make the image appear on the base of the glass sculpture.

The portrait is of a woman from the Himba culture, an indigenous nomadic culture in Northern Namibia and Southern Angola.

“This particular (sculpture) series is all about the song, the voices of the indigenous,” Pohlman said. “We’ve always believed that the West would do well to engage indigenous populations and learn what we’ve forgotten as we’ve stepped away from being an Earth-based culture.”