"Puwanini Ayan (Moving Butterflies)" Jacket by David Naranjo
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Here is a new jacket from David Naranjo that is utterly exquisite. His design is based on abstracted versions of traditional Puebloan mountain symbols placed in a centered, symmetrical composition and rendered in fine detailed brushwork. The symbols radiate from the front opening and are echoed on the back side with more running down each sleeve, creating a strong, beautiful design.
Softening the bold geometry is a cluster of monarch butterflies beginning on the back and moving up one sleeve so that a hint of them are shown from the front. This adds a lightness and airy motion as the butterflies seems to dance across the piece while the deep orange color contrasts and compliments the rich turquoise of the silk.
Wear this outstanding piece over basic black to a special evening event, or wear as a day into evening item to go from a professional to social setting. Can also be dressed down for a more casual look – this jacket does it all!
David Naranjo's Bio
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.”