Vol. 1.2: Contemporary Native Female Arts Showcase
Volume 1.2 is a collection of works by talented artists from the Southwest region.
Celebrating the delicate balance between traditional and modern life: an exquisite and sometimes harsh manifestation. The images in this edition showcase the distinctive perspective of the modern indigenous experience.
[ Ch’ikééh Baa Hózhó –
A Contemporary Native Female Arts Showcase:
Ziindi Release Celebration – Friday, February 15th, 2013
Navajo Nation Museum Window Rock, AZ 86515 ]
Featuring artists from Arizona, New Mexico, and California:
I am Tohono O’odham and grew up on the San Xavier reservation in Southern Arizona. As a young girl I liked drawing, until I found acrylics. I later came across oil paints – it opened up a world to so many possibilities. My experiences in different mediums such as ceramics, sculpting, print making and watercolor have helped shape and fine tune my work.
I’m not a professional fine artist – I’m more of a professional graphic artist that expresses my brain activity through a Bic
ballpoint pen. Whether its my emotions or a song that I’m doodling, “who I am” is in all that ink. I chose a successful career in the communications industry as a Graphic Designer, where at any moment stress and creativity are present. This is a release for me. I love the simplicity of ink on paper, and the complicated details that happen at that moment; unplanned, no eraser. Just myself between a hard place and blank space.
My focus is on women and my culture as an Apache woman. We are strong, unique warriors. Like Lozen, a powerful medicine woman and warrior which I draw a lot of inspiration from. She stood strong for her people.
My artwork is a contemporary response to the decadence of modern society as a cathartic rejection, rather than a nomothetic ode to the same frame of thought that refuses to challenge issues that pertain to binaries of race, sex, and borders.
22, Navajo. I am a very free spirit; I can’t say when I first considered myself as an artist. Could’ve been when I was in primary school making clothes for my Barbie dolls out of news paper, shoes out of masking tape, or dresses for myself out of pillowcases; maybe when my peers started calling me a ‘weirdo’. “I’m an artist”, was my only explanation. I work with anything I have at my disposal. I don’t work in a particular medium but I do have my favorites: acrylics and spray paint.
Originally from Balookai, Arizona on the Navajo Nation, I became fascinated by art at a young age. In my family it seemed that everyone had their own artistic medium, such as rug weaving, silver smithing, painting, leather craft, beading, and sewing. I learned how to weave rugs from my Grandmother; I made pottery, and enjoy drawing. From the time my uncle bought me my very first camera in 5th grade, I’ve been captivated by photography.
I’m of the Diné people from Gallup, New Mexico. I am of the Red Streak people born for Bitter Water. My maternal grandfather’s clan is of the Towering House people and my paternal grandfather’s clan is white. I’m 23 years old; I graduated from Gallup high school in 2007. I always wanted to paint, but never knew what to paint. One day I was at my best friend’s house and I had a vision. From there on I started painting as a passion.
Nanibah “Nani” Chacon is a Diné/ Xicana artist originally from Chinle, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Primarily a painter, Nani has a background in graffiti arts and illustration. She now ventures into large scale art as a
muralist. Nani currently resides in New Mexico; her studio is located in
Downtown Albuquerque. She is currently exhibiting across the U.S.
These pieces were created during my undergraduate studies while going to school in New Hampshire. They reflect my connection to home on the Navajo reservation. Through my art I am able to explore my views, learn stories, and teach others about my culture.
Estelle S. Pete
My name is Estelle Scott Pete, of Navajo descent, and I am an enrolled member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes in Parker, Arizona. I returned to making quilts 3 years ago with an interest in making pictorial quilts. Before I can sew my pictorial quilts, I have to sketch out designs on paper using colored pencils. I have no formal art training – I learn as I go. I currently reside in Southern California with my family.