31-Standing Water

Standing Water, 2002. Emmi Whitehorse (Navajo), b. 1957. Mixed media on paper, canvas. Museum purchase with funds donated by Dr. Miriam Jacobs in memory of Dr. Myron S. Jacobs, 2006 (26/5557).

Emmi Whitehorse (Navajo, b. 1957) is known primarily for her large, abstract, mixed-media panels, which are often created with chalk, oil stick, and pigment that has been rubbed, drawn, and scratched onto paper and applied to canvas. Drawing on personal iconography, Whitehorse’s ethereal work explores memory and land, as well as her Navajo culture. Because she was raised in a desert climate, she has often returned to the subject of water.

Whitehorse holds a BA and an MA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and currently lives in Santa Fe. Her work is represented in a number of public collections.


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