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Walking in Beauty: Denae Shanidiin at Mestizo Arts


Emerging artist Denae Shanidiin, 21, wishes the emphasis wasn’t so much on “Navajo” for her show currently at Mestizo Gallery. “Because you call someone a Navajo artist and people expect traditional. I wish I were traditional, but I’m not,” she says with a smile. “I just don’t think that’s realistic in this day and age. ” Tribal elders, she adds, urge traditional ways, “but if I were a traditional artist I wouldn’t be able to make these photographs.  . . . I don’t do traditional pottery. I want to be myself first…

Read Ann Poore’s review in the June 2014 edition of 15 Bytes.

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