Emmi Whitehorse

Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing

Work Details

Forest Bathing

2020

Mixed media on paper on canvas

51 X 78.50 inches

Inventory ID: #16519





    About Emmi Whitehorse

    "Touch is all important to Emmi Whitehorse’s unique style. She uses her hands to smear, caress, and fine-tune the dry washes of her grounds. The actual drawing process is equally intuitive. Close-up intimacy paradoxically evokes the long vistas of the Navajo cultural and geographic journey across the unique landscape of the Dinétah, the homeland. Distance is concentrated by marks, forms and scrawls suggesting the way sparse vegetation or moving wildlife calls attention to itself in vast spaces. Viewers can choose—as we adjust our eyesight, our depth of field, to Whitehorse’s intricate ciphers—whether to read these signs of nature as either very near (“myopic”, she calls it) or very far away. Either way, the tangles of marks amount to a secret cache, a secret code."

    Excerpt taken from Lucy R. Lippard's essay for Whitehorse exhibition, All the Way Home, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 2006.

    The abstract canvases of Emmi Whitehorse (Navajo) depict layers of markings, lines and shapes interwoven in fields of blended color. Not purely abstract, her paintings suggest landscapes with firmaments, the lines between them softly blurred. Whitehorse states "As an artist I have intentionally avoided politically oriented subject matter and angst-ridden or physical wrestling with the act of painting itself. To make art, the act of making art must stay true to a harmonious balance of beauty, nature, humanity and the whole universe. This is in accordance with Navajo philosophy. I have chosen to focus on nature, on landscape. My paintings tell the story of knowing land over time - of being completely, micro-cosmically within a place. I am defining a particular space, describing a particular place. They are purposefully meditative and mean to be seen slowly. The intricate language of symbols refer to specific plants, people and experiences."

    Chiaroscuro is Whitehorse's "hometown" gallery and keeps a complete inventory of her most recent work and older pieces on hand. Please contact the gallery for information about available Whitehorse paintings and prints not posted on this site.

    All Works by Emmi Whitehorse

    Forest Bathing

    Forest Bathing

    2020

    Mixed media on paper on canvas

    51 X 78.50 inches

    Inventory ID: #16519

    Fog Bank

    Fog Bank

    2020

    Mixed media on paper on canvas

    51 X 78.50 inches

    Inventory ID: #16520

    Vernal Pool

    Vernal Pool

    2020

    Mixed media on paper on canvas

    51 X 39.50 inches

    Inventory ID: #16521

    Petrichor II

    Petrichor II

    2020

    Mixed media on paper on canvas

    39.5 X 51 inches

    Inventory ID: #16522

    Aquarium

    Aquarium

    2010

    Oil, mixed media on paper on canvas

    39.5 X 51 inches

    Inventory ID: #16421

    Untitled, #1291

    Untitled, #1291

    2001

    Oil, mixed media on paper on canvas

    51 X 39.50 inches

    Inventory ID: #16422

    Mineral Wax

    Mineral Wax

    2006

    Oil and chalk on paper mounted on canvas

    51 X 39 1/2 inches

    Inventory ID: #11741

    Dust Storm

    Dust Storm

    2006

    Oil and chalk on paper mounted on canvas

    41 X 29 inches

    Inventory ID: #11489