Born 1980, Espanola, New Mexico, USA
B.S., 2003, Studio Art, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
Lives at Santa Clara Pueblo, USA
Eliza Naranjo Morse, who lives at Santa Clara Pueblo, has been immersed in arts from the beginning. Her maternal family has many well-known and highly respected ceramic artists, she grew up surrounded by a tradition of creating beautiful pottery. Naranjo Morse’s first experience with art, and the creative process, began as a young girl growing up in New Mexico. She spent much of her time helping her family collect and sift clay near Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico, preparing the material for use in both sculpture and architecture. Always comfortable with the art-making process, at a young age she began developing her ability to recreate on paper the world around her. Drawn to mark-making and the tactility of paper, Naranjo Morse began to explore the properties of drawing at an early age. Her work has worked on a fine border between the traditional clay-based art of Santa Clara Pueblo and contemporary painting. She studied drawing at Parsons School of Design and at the Institute for American Indian Arts, and ultimately graduated from Skidmore College with a B.S. in art in 2003, drawing on raw canvas with all organic materials, including beetroot, tea, as well as micaceous clay, and a volcanic ash. Naranjo Morse has allowed the nature of her materials to inspire simple studies that are uncomplicated interactions of her history, knowledge, and personal aesthetic. In her most recent works, she has begun to experiment with different media. She incorporated stenciled images with her drawings and she also uses glow-in-the-dark paint.
Ms. Naranjo Morse’s work has been shown at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, SITE Santa Fe, the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, the Center for Contemporary Arts and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe. She was also named the 2007 Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellow at the School for Advanced Research. She participated in the Site Santa Fe Biennial in 2008 and was awarded the King Artist Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in 2007.