Vision Quest Glyphology, 2013

Ka'ila Farrell-Smith
(American | Klamath, born 1982)

Location: Kamiak Elementary, Pullman


Ka'ila Farrell-Smith’s Vision Quest Glyphology painting features her versions of petroglyphs found along the Nch’i-Wána River, or the Columbia River. Many of these petroglyphs were lost after the construction of dams. The petroglyphs inspired Farrell-Smith but she uses art to construct her own meanings for them.

Farrell-Smith also uses white paint as a form of erasure, reclaiming colonizer’s attempts to erase Indigenous power and control. Walking and hiking are an important part of her life and her art. Her painting practice is a response to the land.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Pullman School District.


Ka'ila Farrell-Smith is a contemporary artist of Klamath, Modoc, Irish, and French heritage. She creates paintings, objects, and installations. Her work channels cultural, political, and historical research through a creative flow of experimentation and artistic playfulness. She uses painting and traditional Indigenous art practices to explore the space in-between the Indigenous and western worlds. She lives and creates on her ancestral homelands in Southern Oregon and this directly informs her art.
Farrell-Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Portland State University. She lives in rural Modoc Point, Oregon. She is also a co-director and co-guide for Signal Fire, an organization that connects artists to wild places.

MediumOil paint on compressed wood panel
ID NumberWSAC2020.021.004
Acquisition MethodCurated Selection
Artist LocationOregon
Location Information
AgencyPullman School District
Artwork LocationKamiak Elementary
Outside of library entrance
WA CountyWhitman
Site TypePublic School
Address1400 NW Terre View Dr.
Pullman, WA 99163
Geo. Coordinates46.749587 | -117.194927
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