By Nani Chacon
By JayCee Bayale
Join the LSC Arts Program and Native American Cultural Center as we celebrate artists JayCee Beyale and Nanibah Chacon at a reception in the Duhesa Gallery. Both artists will be in attendance at the reception and will be giving artist talks and demonstrations earlier in the day. Further information about these talks and demonstrations TBA. Refreshments will be provided and all are invited to attend!
The exhibit Saturated Stories: Collaborations Between Two Diné Artists is meant to show the individual and collaborative body of work by JayCee Beyale and Nanibah Chacon. These two artists have partnered on various large scale projects within the past four years. Their friendship and similarity in subject matter is portrayed in this exhibit. Each artist has filled three cases of individual work that shows an array of work in various styles and mediums. JayCee and Nanibah worked together to create two large conceptual signage pieces that illustrate Diné phrases. Doo Shąąhtxéeh Da can be translated to make me strong or I have full strength, this affirmation is said after a meal as a way to be thankful. Haaláyeé , is a phrase that is hard to translate into English, but it can express sincerity that emphasizes encouragement, purpose and no failure to initiate a plan or act. Within context this phrase is said when one initially thinks of a plan and it is used to help the plan come to fruition.
The conceptual signage is one of the many ways JayCee and Nanibah have interwoven their culture into their artwork. In Nanibah Chacon’s work the celebration of women are evident and are celebrated through bright colors and minimal background. Nanibah has also included sketches of various activists that represent many indigenous communities. In JayCee Beyale’s work, the abstraction of space and line are used to blur the lines between the subject and the background.
NANIBAH “NANI” CHACON
Nanibah “Nani” Chacon is an Painter, Muralist, Educator and Art Activist and Organizer. She was raised in Chinle, Arizona and Albuquerque,New Mexico. Her cultural heritage and experience often informs her work as an artist and activist. Nani has a prolific career as an artist which spans close to 20 years, covering Graffiti artist, illustration, fine art painting, Murals and public works. In 2002 she received her BA in education, she has taught grades K-College Prep both formally and informally as an artist and mentor. As an artist Nani has won numerous recognitions and exhibits her work nation wide. Her recent endeavors include work as an art activist on a national and international level, curatorial projects and community organizing.
My current work is based upon the notion of the integration and balance. I use this concept to propel both imagery and the content behind the work. The imagery of my work will often consist of two or more images, weather “subject” based or abstract, and allow them to interact with one another on a single plane. In doing this I explore the concept of balance. I integrate the images until I find the harmonious precipice in which they can aesthetically interact, and become one thought.
The content of my current body of work is an exploration of integrating Dine Philosophy and creation stories within the context of contemporary culture. I explore this idea by examining symbols within textile patterns of Diné rugs and using them to create a symbolic narration for the characters within my work. Often times the basis coming from traditional areas of thought with in Diné culture, such as Deities, nature, women, animals and creation. These symbols are then put into context by the characters within the paintings which are depicted in a contemporary style.
The characters in my work which are often women provide a commentary on women within traditional and contemporary cultures. The subjects become a piece to embrace and confront the natural attributes women possess and add to the forefront of society. I aim to provide a glimpse at women not only in contemporary culture but throughout time, as I feel it is inherent to provide an image for our natural grounding to history, culture and ideologies, and how that has a dialogue with the world at large.
JayCee Beyale grew up in the Four Corners area of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. He is a member of the Navajo Nation and he is of Tachii’nii – Red Running Into the Water people clan. JayCee received his BFA with an emphasis in Printmaking from the University of New Mexico. JayCee currently manages a screen printing shop in Colorado Springs, Colorado and often participates in collaborative murals and other art projects with fellow artists and community members in New Mexico and Colorado.
JayCee’s connection to his aboriginal culture is heavily influenced by his involvement in the Arts. His personal identity and background have always been present in his work because he is proud of who is and where he comes from. His career as an artist started when he discovered street art and graffiti. JayCee is deeply influenced by electronic music, and feels certain that without music, his art would not exist.
Combining traditional indigenous ideologies and his personal Buddhist practice, he is always striving to emphasize the concepts and convictions in his art. Using a combination of various mediums ranging from spray paint to balsa wood, he creates works that communicating his present existence. He hopes to share his beliefs by celebrating the fusion of technology and indigenous culture. JayCee aspires to illustrate the Laws of Movement and Unity in his work.