My work focuses on reinterpreting the symbolic abstractions of our creation stories, cosmologies, and social structures, using a combination of traditional and nontraditional materials. Na’ashjéii Asdzáá (Spider Woman), who taught the ways of weaving, is one of the most important deities to the Diné and is the most prevalent motif used in my work. She was the first to weave her web of the universe while spreading Hózhó Náhásdlíí’ (Beauty Way) teachings of balance within the mind, body, & soul. This narrative formulates an understanding of certain aspects of Diné Bahané (creation story) as well as bringing Na’ashjéii Asdzáá into the art world and providing my audience a window into the world of the Diné.
I am a Diné (Navajo) artist and scholar focusing on abstracting Diné weaving practices as well as developing more dialogue on the appropriation of Indigenous design-work. My artistic work focuses on translating the language of Diné weaving history as well as beliefs through different mediums and techniques. I received my MA and MFA degrees in Photography and Textile Design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and my BFA in Photography from the Institute of American Indian Arts.
MFA, Textile Design, University of Wisconsin–Madison
MFA, Photography, University of Wisconsin–Madison