Original Artwork by Nani Chacon

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Artist statement about the piece:
This piece is Titled  “missing”, I created this piece  to honor the lives and memory of unexplained murders and missing Indigenous women of North America. The imagery I chose places a woman amongst a landscape and Butterflies. The  interaction of the woman and the butterflies has little to do with one another in the physical sense.Instead I combine the elements in this painting in an overlapping manner to create cohesion between three violated subjects  The butterflies are a symbol for indigenous women, that is why they move though and within her. The monarch butterfly has a migratory pattern that covers Spans North America. in recent documentation , The monarch butterfly is also unexplainably dying and missing. In this piece I wanted to create the connection between land and women I see that we are mistreating and killing both. I believe because there is no respect for the land there is no respect for women. I believe when one stops the other will too.

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Nani Chacon Headshot

Nanibah “Nani” Chacon, is a Dine (Navajo) and Chicana artist. Nani , is most noted for her female figurative works which utilize bold colors and an illustrative format to create commentary Native , Chicana and American culture. Nani was born in Gallup, New Mexico and grew up both in Chinli, Arizona and in Corrales, New Mexico. Her clan is To dich iini (bitter water) and born for Chicano people. At 16 she was introduced to graffiti and began a prolific career as a graffiti writer and continued this practice for the next 10 years, with the pregnancy and birth of her son, Nani gave up the risky world of street graffiti and began exploring other mediums and developed strong aptitude in oil painting. In further juxtaposition of graffiti, Nani chose figurative work as a basis of subject matter, she uses an archetype of female characters to explore ideas of feminism, culture, traditionalism and modernism. Nani, currently exhibits across the United States. She has maintained a career as a Painter Muralist and Educator and Activist. In 2004 she received her Bachelor’s in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. In 2012, she returned to the realm of public arts in the realm of Murals, Her work has been recognized for its unique style and attention paid to site specificity. In 2013 she joined the art and activist collective Honor the Treaties. As Nani continues to work in the field of large Murals a portion of her content is used to address social, environmental and polical justice issues which effect native peoples. Her work brings forth a dialogue between culture and contemporary social perspectives; many times acting as a narrative to traditional ideas admits the current cultural climate.


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