From the Artist - Ehren Kee Natay:
Avanyu, a Tewa deity, the guardian of water. She is depicted as a horned, feathered, water serpent. Avanyu is often depicted in pottery and petroglyph designs. Ehren’s Avanyu is reminiscent of a Yakuza Japanese style of design. The Buffalo Dance is a ceremonial dance that has been uniquely adapted by each pueblo. Ehren’s Buffalo Dancer is in the pueblo of Pojoaque style. The room also contains a metallic photograph of Ehren wearing a mask he made. Ehren said, "When I have captured some form of self-identity in a work of art, it is finished. A thought, an emotion, an experience is solidified, and I can separate from that identity. There is a journey in every piece of art, and also a lesson. When I can share this journey and this lesson with another human, an exchange of wisdom and magic takes place." The KeeVa is a dwelling that was created to pay homage to the creative source. It pays homage to those who have written on kiva walls and cliff dwellings. It pays homage to comics and cartoons. It pays homage to traditions and spirits of this dimension and beyond.
About Ehren Kee Natay:
Ehren Kee Natay (Diné/Kewa Pueblo) is a recipient of the 2012 SWAIA/Nativo Lodge Rising Artist Fellowship. He is a contemporary street art style artist. His work explores the beauty and taboo of his culture. Natay’s room portrays a buffalo dancer, a water serpent and includes a photographic print on metal as well as other artistic elements that nod to pop culture and comic book style design.
Check out more of Ehren Natay's work at: ehrenkeenatay.com.
Artist Guest Rooms are in a community partnership in conjunction with the Institute of American Indian Arts.