Ryan Dennison

Photo Essay

1. Navajo Rug Looms, weaved in Germantown yarn a two week installation on route of a hiking trail in Fort Wingate NM. Last location of deportment for Navajo families caught in the forced relocation to Bosque Rodondo, 1864-1868 Hwééldi (The Long Walk).

2. 2nd Street, downtown Gallup, NM. One month installation of rainbow chain, traditional abstract designs on fence in border town Gallup which has a main source of income on the monopolized pawn/jewelry shops that sell Native American art and liquor license sold to Native communities.

3. Hozho Center, Gallup NM. Four month installation, weaving healing symbols on fence. In the Navajo way, not being connected to oneself, one’s family (or clan), one’s community or the world is a sickness – an illness that is felt in body, mind and spirit. Wellness centers such as the Hozho Center provide a supportive environment for individuals based on the principles and values of recovery.

4. Sheepsprings, NM

2010 EXCERPT: "my art is removable, anyone can take it down, I think that’s what I like about it. One day its there next day its gone, its streetart. I got the idea of using yarn as my medium because my grandmother is a rug weaver and my mother is quilt maker, so weaving/sowing has been a generational thing. My grandmother used her skills (art) as a means for survival, I wanted to honor her and my mother in the art that I do, all their dedication, discipline, patience and creativity interwoven with the indigenous traditional knowledge passed down. So my loom is the fence. We weave our own double sided rugs, intricate with laughter and tears. It’s our beauty that keeps us weaving year after year.”

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