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Garrett Etsitty

Phoenix, AZ

" Fresh colors of the southwest."
I was born and raised in Chinle, Arizona. I grew up with a deep love of painting and culture. From the petroglyphs on the canyon walls to the stories passed down from my elders, my work draws upon the inspiration of what it means to be a Dine’ person. I graduated from Fort Lewis College, where I received a BFA in painting and furthered my knowledge and understanding of Dine’ philosophy and culture. I use complex unions, of vivid colors and layers to articulate an indigenous understanding of thought, creation and ideology that moves beyond time and space. I will present a world view that comes directly from the stories handed down by my elders of my tribe. My proposal painting will express a oneness with creation, an unbroken loop from the creation story of my people to the modern day. Interweaving the parallels of the unconscious with the struggle of the natural environment. My primary audience will always be the youth and I believe my art will capture the young urban Indigenous minds to preserve culture.
“ My target audience has always been the youth. The youth are the ones who will carry our stories forward, I paint for the love of painting but also for the love of my culture. I want to make our stories come alive. I want the viewer to feel like they can reach out and touch the stories that have been handed down.”
My process includes acrylic paintings with a touch of water-based aerosol acrylic paint. This proposal fits squarely in the goals set for this public art project, in that it will be affirming to Dine’ youth, the Dine’ community at large, and hopefully other indigenous people. It is my hope that the color and patterns in the painting will attract the youth and make our story come alive. I want the viewer to feel like they can reach out and touch the stories that have been handed down. I believe our painting will be inspiring, restorative and motivational to all the youth of the Dine’ Nation.
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