Object photography

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Object description

  • Emmi Whitehorse (DinĂ© (Navajo), birth 1957)
  • Early Untitled #1, 1982
  • Oil and graphite on paper
  • Southwestern United States
  • H: 22 in, image W: 30 in
  • Museum Purchase, 2000
  • E300524
  • Reveals artist's close connection to Navajo lands
  • Creates tactile surface through layering

Whitehorse spent her childhood on the Navajo reservation, tending sheep and gathering plants for dyes and medicine. Her work draws from this intimate relationship to the land and also from plant forms, fibers, basket shapes, and weaving tools.