ABOUT

Natani Notah Bio

 

NATANI NOTAH IS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST, POET, AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER. SHE IS AN ENROLLED MEMBER OF THE NAVAJO NATION (DINÉ) AND IS ALSO OF LAKOTA AND CHEROKEE DESCENT. HER RESEARCH INTERESTS INCLUDE INDIGENOUS FEMINISM, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, THE EFFECTS OF HISTORICAL TRAUMA, AND PRIVILEGING THE FEMALE INDIGENOUS VOICE. IN 2014 SHE OBTAINED HER BFA FROM CORNELL UNIVERSITY’S COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE, ART, AND PLANNING WITH A MINOR IN FEMINIST, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES FROM THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES. FOLLOWING GRADUATION SHE WORKED AS A COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER FOR THE AMERICAN INDIAN AND INDIGENOUS STUDIES PROGRAM (AIISP) AT CORNELL. IN ADDITION TO EXTENSIVE WORK EXPERIENCE, SHE IS THE RECIPIENT OF NUMEROUS AWARDS INCLUDING: WALKING SHIELD’S AMERICAN INDIAN ACCESS SCHOLARSHIP, THE CHARLES GOODWIN SANDS MEMORIAL MEDAL OF ART AND THE EDITH STONE AND WALTER KING MEMORIAL PRIZE. NATANI'S WORK HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN AS/US: A SPACE FOR WOMEN OF THE WORLD and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought. She is a member of Women Warriors Work, a collective of Indigenous Womxn pursuing their passions in this world while also uplifting others through their heartwork. CURRENTLY, SHE IS AN MFA ART PRACTICE CANDIDATE AND TEACHING ASSISTANT AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY


ARTIST STATEMENT

MY CURRENT BODY OF WORK TRANSFORMS MATERIAL INTO BEINGS, AND THOUGHTS INTO STORIES. BROADLY, MY WORK ADVOCATES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS WHILE USING ART TO PROVOKE MOMENTS OF ALERT SENSITIVITY. ALIGNED WITH CONVERSATIONS SIMILAR TO ONES HAD BY ARTISTS REBECCA BELMORE, ADRIAN PIPER, AND JOY HARJO, MY WORK ADDRESSES THE ROLE OF THE INDIGENOUS VOICE, SPECIFICALLY THAT OF THE WOMAN AND HER AGENCY. THROUGH SCULPTURE, SOUND, VIDEO, AND PAINTING I PROACTIVELY CREATE SPACES FOR INDIGENOUS BODIES AND VOICES TO EXIST WITHOUT SHAME OR APOLOGY. BORN FROM A DESIRE TO RAISE THE PROFILE AND VISIBILITY OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE AMERICAN EXPERIENCES, MY INTERDISCIPLINARY PROCESS INCORPORATES POETRY, PERFORMANCE, AND GRAPHIC ELEMENTS TO PROMOTE DIALOGUE ABOUT THE DIVERSITY OF OUR RELATIONSHIPS TO IDENTITY AND THE EXPERIENCES ATTACHED TO THEM. MOREOVER, MY WORK IS INFORMED BY ONGOING RESEARCH ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF HISTORICAL TRAUMA AND STRIVES TO REVEAL THAT NATIVE SENSIBILITIES ARE INTRINSICALLY INNOVATIVE.