The Native Voices group exhibition honors the talent, history, and voices of Indigenous artists and artists with indigenous lineage from across North America working with various content and media.
Participating artists include Nate Begay, Patrick Collins, Rebekah Jarvey, and Jason Montgomery.
Using his history with graffiti art, Begay incorporates bright, bold colors, often using spray paint markers in his paintings. He blends new styles with old-school imagery and symbols. Begay likes to vary his subject matter and incorporate important Navajo figures and animals into the paintings. Begay uses his artwork as a storytelling and teaching implement to educate viewers on Navajo identity and culture.
Collins’ intricately drawn pastel portraits use bright colors that reflect the beauty of his culture while capturing the iconic personalities of his subjects. His paintings also emphasize the many issues Native Americans struggle with, in contemporary society. Collins adds cultural symbols and metal leafing to highlight the stories told through the Anishinaabe (Original People).
Rebekah Jarvey is a self-proclaimed indigenous fashionista. Her Art/Fashion career took off during the pandemic after her Flashy Night & Day mask went viral on social media attracting people and publications from around the world. She mixes traditional tribal heritage with her crafting skills and the fashions of today to create modern, urban, and authentic masks and ribbon skirts with her signature hashtag #RibbonDrip. Jarvey’s goal is to convey to the Indigenous community the importance of knowing their families’ customs and traditions.
Jason’s work engages the cross-section of identity, cultural hybridization, post-colonial reconstruction, and political agency. His writing and visual art bridge the aesthetics and feel of the early cubist collage movement and the Russian abstract movement of the 1920s with living and historical Native/Indigenous Californian and Chicano art traditions.