Melanie A. Yazzie

Country: USA

Title:  She Keeps Silent

Medium: Collage

Size: 56" x 43"

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Yazzie received her BA in Printmaking from Arizona State University, Tempe, and her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In her role as an artist, she has been exploring and researching all different types of issues that relate to Native peoples. Yazzie is a Navajo Woman of the Salt and Bitter water clans. She has traveled throughout the United States, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, and Canada making connections with other indigenous people who share similar histories, and seeking out artists of all backgrounds to explore common issues in their work. She is the Professor of Printmaking at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Yazzie makes monotypes that are printed on many different types of papers, which are then used in a piece. These pieces take many forms and are often incorporated into an installation. She collects old history books, maps, postcards, and many other tourist items that portray Native Americans to the general public. Combining these things with her own personal family photos and photos of her immediate community helps the viewer to understand that "we are real and not just a fantasy of bygone western days".

Her selected exhibitions include: La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine et ses Invites des U.S.A.-Paris, Marie du Sixieme Arrondissement, Paris, France, 1995; Sniper's Nest: Art that has lived with Lucy R. Lippard, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 1995; Sixth Annual Sculpture Project Exhibition, College of Santa Fe Fine Arts Gallery, New Mexico, 1995; Contemporary Indigenous Art Show, He Tiki Gallery, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand, 1995; Watchful Eyes: Native Women Creating Self Representation and Identity, Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, 1994; A World of Maps, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage, Alaska, 1994; Book as Art, "Black, White and Read", Institute of American Indian Art Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1994; and The West as Subject, Center for the Visual Arts, Metro State University, Denver, Colorado, 1994.
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