Melanie Yazzie is a contemporary Navajo artist working in a variety of mediums. The artist works as a painter, printmaker, ceramics master, sculptor, and installation artist. The artist grew up on the Navajo Nation.
Melanie Yazzie was born in Ganado, Arizona. The artist attended college at the Westtown School in Philadelphia. She finished her B.A. degree at the University of Arizona at Phoenix. Yazzie went on to earn a M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Yazzie is now the head of printmaking at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Sante Fe University of Art and Design, Boise State University, and the University of Arizona.
The artist enjoys telling stories in her printmaking work. One recurring item from her childhood is the flour sack. The company that made the sacks also provided clothes and the sacks themselves could be used as curtains and table cloths.
When the artist creates landscapes she often uses an aerial view looking down on her subject, a bird’s eye view.
In this clip we view visit an exhibition by Melanie Yazzie from 2015:
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Below a brief interview with Melanie Yazzie talking about a recent project:
What a fun style the artist has created. Her bird’s eye views give a unique perspective to the viewer.