ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The paintings of Emmi Whitehorse beckon with squiggles, lines and secret swirls evoking the long vistas in a spiritual and geographic language of Navajo culture.
With works hanging in the permanent collections of the Albuquerque Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Heard Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, as well as institutions in Germany, Japan and Uzbekistan, this artist has nothing left to prove.
Based in both Santa Fe and in Tucson, Arizona, Whitehorse keeps pushing the boundaries of her art, using her hands to smear, caress and layer the dry washes of ground chalk. The closer the viewer gazes across her microscopic compositions, the more they discover intimate marks, forms and scrawls suggestive of the sparse vegetation or shifting wildlife emerging across vast spaces.
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