Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Melanie Yazzie
April 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
As a printmaker, painter and sculptor, Melanie Yazzie’s work draws upon her rich Diné (Navajo) cultural heritage. Her work follows the Diné dictum “walk in beauty” literally, creating beauty and harmony. As an artist, she works to serve as an agent of change by encouraging others to learn about social, cultural and political phenomena shaping the contemporary lives of Native peoples in the United States and beyond. Her work incorporates both personal experiences as well as the events and symbols from Diné culture. Her early work focused on depictions of the harsh realities of Native peoples (i.e., racism, identity conflict, poverty, abuse, etc.) to bring Native issues to the forefront. More recently she is making work with a positive twist. Due to personal health issues and trying to live a calmer lifestyle, she is focusing on quiet and balance and her work is reflecting this shift. Her work is informed and shaped by personal experiences and tries to tell many stories about things both real and imagined.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!