"Khu'u Ta (Marked Corn)" Art Coat by David Naranjo
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Artist David Naranjo's signature bold use of oversized native Puebloan symbols on Singular pieces creates a rich, powerful look that is never overpowering because of his restrained black-on-color palette. For this knock out piece, he's added micaceous oxide to gunmetal grey paint for an added luster against the deep magenta of the silk fabric. Corn is central to traditional Pueblo life, as sustenance and in sacred ritual, and is represented here with symmetrical corn symbols arranged with a central diamond on both front and back sides. The effect is stunning over basic black with a silver cuff bracelet and simple geometric silver earrings...wow!
Fuschia tuxedo silk shell
with black silk lining.
Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico
“I am a contemporary Puebloan artist and a 2018 graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, working in multiple media to depict cultural symbolism through pottery designs and fine geometrical linear work.”
“My inspiration comes from learning the Tewa language of my Pueblo. While learning the language, I obtained a deeper understanding of and connection to our cultural practices and found that a lot can be said with few words because you speak from your heart. I found our way of life to be a form or poetry and seek to show understanding and respect while making art as a form of prayer and ceremony.”
“Puebloan symbols and iconography hold meaning and purpose within our cultural setting. I am creating my own personal narratives and stories using these traditional designs.”