Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
The Curator’s Circle is currently an online Wheelwright Museum public program series that will feature artist Eliza Naranjo Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo). The Wheelwright Museum recently commissioned a new mural entitled, All Together. Making Our Way. Everyday. Medicine: Eliza Naranjo Morse for the staircase which features over 30 feet of two-story walls. Naranjo Morse will give us a sneak peek of the new mural, and talk about her process and intentions with Chief Curator, Andrea R. Hanley.
The free online talk will take place Wednesday, July 29, 3:00 pm MDT, live, 15-20 min. Registration required.
The mural is currently in production and should be complete by the end of July. The mural includes a procession of beetles who walk together, wear traditional attire, have antlers, and carry items. Naranjo Morse, who has been working on the mural since May, is inspired by the beetles she has encountered, and thematically has done other work around them. Says Naranjo Morse, "Art in public spaces, including murals, can serve as a vehicle for dialogue about history, describe relationships and depict the resilience of community in the hope to create equity, agency, and healing."
About the Artist
Eliza Naranjo Morse spends some of her time as a two-dimensional artist. Her work explores aspects of the human experience through articulating anthropomorphic characters, collected objects and landscapes. These subjects become vehicles for processing current events, personal experience, and spiritual seekings. Eliza is informed by the land-based, creative, and cultural information of her elders, and the current world she explores and learns about.
Her cartoon aesthetic is refined by technical skills developed through formal training and a continuing relationship to the material. Eliza was born in 1980 in New Mexico and is the articulation of two different cultural backgrounds; a Tewa mother and an Anglo father from Connecticut. Coming from the families of Sicneros, Sartori, Naranjo and Morse, she is connected through cellular memory to parts of the world she is unfamiliar with, and those places and understandings become woven into her experience of being centered in the place of Northern New Mexico.
Eliza has shown her work nationally and internationally including: Cumbre de el Tajin (Veracruz, Mexico), Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts (Ekaterinburg, Russia), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, New York), SITE Santa Fe (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Axle Contemporary (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Heard Museum (Phoenix, Arizona), Berlin Gallery (Phoenix, Arizona), School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe, New Mexico) and IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art (Santa Fe, NM.) She is the proud art teacher to many brilliant young artists at the Kha'p'o Community School in Santa Clara Pueblo.