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Artist-In-Residence, Melanie Yazzie, Searches for Herself During This Thoughtful Exhibit

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is proud to present Melanie Yazzie: Finding Oneself Again and Again!

Melanie Yazzie is informed by the Diné philosophy of hozho — translated as blessings, beauty, and harmony. After experiencing illness, she challenged herself to create artworks that find ways to heal from and to balance the negative effects of settler colonialism that Indigenous people live with daily. Her earlier works focused on calling attention to harsh realities. She continues to acknowledge these struggles but now layers her artworks with recuperative images.

As a Mellon Foundation Artist in Residence at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College in 2018, Yazzie began using printing plates recovered from a 1939 book project about Diné healing practices. By layering the fractional images of the color-separation plates with her own iconography formed from memories of people and places, Yazzie asserts the ongoing significance of Indigenous knowledge. This exhibition presents recent works created during the Mellon Foundation residency and over the course of a very productive time following her experience at Colorado Springs.

Melanie Yazzie is of the Salt Water Clan born for the Bitter Water Clan. As a printmaker, painter, and sculptor, Yazzie works to serve as an agent of change by encouraging others to learn about social, cultural, and political phenomena that shape the contemporary lives of Indigenous people in the United States and beyond. She often organizes collaborative projects with Indigenous artists in Aotearoa New Zealand, Siberia, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. She has exhibited in over 100 group and solo exhibitions in North America, Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, Finland, France, and South Africa.

Melanie Yazzie: Finding Oneself Again and Again will be on display until February 23, 2020.

At Pikes Place on San Miguel Apartments in Colorado Springs, Colorado, we believe it’s important to live life vigorously. Soak up the very best our greater community has to offer when you attend this highly-anticipated local event!

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, November 9, 2019—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 West Dale Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

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