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Emmi Whitehorse
Emmi Whitehorse (Navajo, b. 1956) 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. Because she was raised in a desert climate, she has often returned to the subject of water. Standing Water (2002), for example, is reminiscent of muddy puddles, brewing with insect larvae and decomposition.

“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.”

—Emmi Whitehorse, 2006

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Standing Water, 2002
Oil on paper, canvas
130 x 100 cm.
NMAI 26/5557

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Above Water, 2002
Mixed media on paper, canvas
130 x 100 cm.
Collection of Taunya and Adam Mizel

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Demersal, 2004
Mixed media on paper, canvas
130 x 199 cm.
Collection of Stephen and Dale Dunn

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Flowing Water, 2006
Mixed media on paper, canvas
130 x 100 cm.
Collection of the artist

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Red Coral, 2007
Mixed media on paper, canvas
Collection of the artist