Emmi Whitehorse - is a member of the Navajo Nation and is known primarily for her large, abstract, mixed-media panels, often created with chalk, oil-stick, and pigment rubbed, drawn, and scratched onto paper and applied to canvas. Her ethereal work explores memory and land, as well as her Navajo culture.
“My paintings tell the story of knowing land over time - of being completely, microcosmically within a place. I am defining a particular space, describing a particular place. They are purposefully meditative and mean to be seen slowly. The intricate language of symbols refer to specific plants, people and experiences
...My work is about and has always been about land, about being aware of our surroundings and appreciating the beauty of nature. I am concerned that we are no longer aware of those. The calm and beauty that is in my work I hope serves as a reminder of what is underfoot, of the exchange we make with nature. Light, space and color are the axis around which my work evolves."
--From the artist statement of Emmi Whitehorse