The School of Art presents an artist talk "Melanie Yazzie, Contemporary Navajo Artist and Her Process" with the visiting artist on Friday, Oct. 18 from 12-1 p.m. Yazzie is the head of printmaking at the University of Colorado - Boulder. All artist talks and lectures take place in room 165 at the Center for the Visual Arts. Free and open to the public.
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 Dine culture. Her work is informed and shaped by personal experiences.
Ms. Yazzie uses her travels around the world to connect with other indigenous peoples. Her visits to New Zealand, the Arctic, the Pueblos in the Southwest, and to indigenous peoples of Russia, these travels have been the impetus for continued dialogue about Indigenous cultural practices, language, song, story-telling, and survival.