ABOUT

 

Natani Notah is an interdisciplinary artist & educator. Her work has been exhibited at galleries & institutions including: The Holland Project, Reno; Edwin Zoller Gallery, Penn State University; Mana Contemporary, Chicago; Stanford Art Gallery; SOMArts Cultural Center; & Root Division, San Francisco. Notah is the recipient of numerous awards & has been published in As/Us, Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art & Thought, Sculpture Magazine, Tripwire, & the second edition of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism. She has had artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ; & will participate in the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in 2020. Notah holds a BFA & minor in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Cornell University, & an MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University. Currently she lives & works in the San Francisco Bay Area & is a 2019-2020 Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

 


Artist Statement

My current art practice explores contemporary Native American identity through the lens of Diné (Navajo) womanhood. Inspired by acts of decolonization, environmental justice, Indigenous feminism, and futurism, my work dares to imagine a world where Native sensibilities are magnified. By way of fragmented abstraction, bodily scale, and the marrying of natural and synthetic materials, my work provokes conversations about what it means to be a colonized individual in the present-day U.S. Additionally, drawing upon minimal forms derived from Diné symbolism, my sculptures, installations, and performances become living bodies of sharp resistance to assimilation.

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